2009 Cincinnati Masters – Murray into Semi Finals

cincinnati-mastersNew world number two Andy Murray made tough work of his quarter final match against France’s Julien Benneteau as he continued on his way to the defence of his Cincinnati Masters title.

The sporting cliche that great players find a way to win even when they are playing badly could not be more evident in the first hour of Murray’s match today. The Scot played probably the worst set of tennis of his year so far as he dropped the first set 6-4 after being a break up.

He then found himself 2-0 down in the second set before an epic  53-shot rally saw Murray break back and go on to win 12 of the last 14 games eventually coming out 4-6 6-3 6-1.

The defending champion will now face world number 1 Roger Federer in Saturday’s semi-finals. After his win today Murray spoke to Sky Sports,

That unbelievable rally, 53 shots or something, that really changed the match for me, Physically he was struggling a little bit after that. I served terrible in the first set – six doubles. The ball was blowing all over the place. He obviously played well. It was tricky conditions. I was shanking a lot of balls at the start. I was hitting the ball really clean from the back of the court but leaving a lot of balls short so I ended up doing a lot of running, which wasn’t really the plan going into the match.

New dad Federer beat an injury struggling Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 6-4 and after his win he also spoke to Sky Sports,

I didn’t pay attention to his knee, I just thought he had not a very good day at the office. He made quite a few unusual mistakes for him. Maybe he was trying to go for more than he had to because of the knee, he was sort of obliged to.

Novak Djokovic beat Gilles Simon 6-4 7-5, with Rafael Nadal to face Tomas Berdych in the remaining quarter-final.