Andy Murray had to once again battle back from the brink of defeat to record a second win over Carlos Moya. The Scot moved in to the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals with a fighting 2-6 6-3 6-1 victory.
After a slow start where the young Scot was broken in the opening game – Murray soon found himself a set down, a break down in the second set and facing 2 breakpoints that would put Carlos Moya 3-0 with a double break.
Murray had played terrible up to this point and on the other side of the net, Carlos Moya was hitting forehand winners for fun. Murray’s serve was sorely letting him down and so far only managed to hold to service games from 5 played and his usual strong return game was simply not happening and had yet to obtain even one break point.
Luckily for Murray, 15-40 down facing two virtual match points – he woke up. His serve began fire down with a little more pace and variation and Moya began to falter on return. Murray would save the two breaks and go on to hold this scrappy third game. This was the wake up call that Murray needed to spark him into life.
Moya held serve in the next game but Murray won the next five straight games to level the match.
He was playing too well for me and I was sluggish at the start, But I managed to turn it around with some big serving halfway through the second set … When you are playing someone like Carlos who can make you do a lot of running, you get out of breath quickly and you have to try to make the best of it, try to get some cheap points on your serve and I managed to do that in the end.
Up next for Andy will be either Ivo Karlovic or Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber who meet later today. This will be Andy’s second consecutive Masters Series semi finals and his fifth to date, yet he has yet to win one, this though should be his best chance, 3 of the other 4 were lost to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, potential final opponents if the Scot can take one more step in the right direction.