In September last year, Andy Murray defeated Yoshihito Nishioka from two sets down in the US Open first round. After that, Andy had lost four straight ATP matches before this week’s ATP 500 event in Rotterdam, where he barely avoid the fifth defeat in a row, something that he never experienced in a career! Facing Robin Haase, Andy prevailed 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in two hours and 29 minutes for an important triumph and a place in the last 16. It was a mighty close encounter, with four points more Murray’s tally and three straight breaks in the decider to carry him home after being 3-0 down! They had a similar number of winners and unforced errors, and the Briton took charge in the decider’s most extended exchanges to cross the finish line first. Both players earned three breaks, and Andy secured his for the most critical phase of the encounter, erasing that final set’s deficit to emerge at the top.
Haase served at 71% in the opening set and saved both break points he faced, taking Murray’s serve twice for encouraging 6-2. The home player fended off those two break chances in the second game and took four straight return points a few minutes later to secure a break when Andy netted a backhand. The Briton sprayed another backhand mistake in game five to find himself 4-1 down and losing the set when Haase hit a service winner at 5-2. Both players served well in the second set’s opening six games before Murray saved two break points with winners in game seven to avoid an inevitable defeat.
Andy Murray came from 3-0 down in the final set to beat Robin Haase in Rotterdam.
They reached a tie break, and Murray scored two mini-breaks and closed it with a service winner in the ninth point for 7-2 and a decider. The Briton squandered game points in the final set’s second game and got broken when the Dutchman landed a backhand crosscourt winner.
Haase held after deuce in game three to cement the advantage, still not losing serve since the start of the encounter. Returning at 1-3, Murray painted a backhand crosscourt winner to pull the break back and steal Haase’s serve for the first time, gathering a boost that carried him home. Battling for every point and imposing his strokes, Andy held in game six with an ace to rattle off three straight games and move back to 3-3. Not stopping there, he seized the second straight break when Hasse netted a backhand to open a 4-3 gap and see the finish line within his sight. Returning at 5-3, Andy earned the third consecutive break to move over the top and make a winning start at the event when he won the title 12 years ago.
Tennis – Murray prevailed over Haase for the first ATP win since September