The Inaugural Shenzhen Open took place 28th September 2014. In the final 2 players desperate for a win but for very different reasons. The top seed left in the competition was Andy Murray, who had taken a Wild Card to even play this event. His opponent was Tommy Robredo from Spain, both men hungry for the title. Andy was seeking his first title since Wimbledon 2013, having landed in his first final since that historic day at this very tournament. Tommy was also seeking his first title of 2014, but this was his 2nd final of the year. This looked like it could be down to whoever wanted it most, I can tell you that Andy Murray fans were hoping, praying, shouting, screaming, hiding behind cushions and willing Andy to win this. Things didn’t start off well for the 2nd seed as he was broken in the first game, however he managed to get things back level all the way to 5-5. Andy then lost his serve to take it 5-6 and Tommy served out the first set 7-5.
The second set was much the same in the fact that both fought hard and this time we landed in a tiebreak. Andy didn’t get the best of starts as he dropped his serve and it was soon 3-1 to Tommy. Soon after it was 6-2 Tommy and the British were screaming at the TV, although some of them were feeling ill, shaking and some even thinking it was all over at this point. 4 match points down, Tommy needed one point for the title. This seemed to spur Andy into action and remarkably he levelled the score to 6-6. He was then another match point down at 7-6. Again he saved this and soon the score was 9-9 (US Open 2012 first set tie break anyone?), then he managed to break again for the very mini break, he had set point on his own serve (which has been very inconsistent lately) – everyone held their breath. He got the point for the set, it was going 3 – which I guess was only fitting for the first ever final here.
As a Brit, I was willing Andy on, he needed this title much more than we fans did. He was still playing well and broke Robredo in the first game of the final set, and more importantly (from our point of view) he held his own serve to take a 2-0 lead. Tommy then held serve for 2-1. It was the last game he would win, Andy appeared to have broken Tommy’s will, and he hardly won any points from there on in. Andy was soon at 5-1 with Tommy having to serve to stay in this. He couldn’t do it, Andy broke him and won the title. In his acceptance speech he recognised that Tommy deserved to win the match and that he (Andy) had been lucky in that 2nd set tiebreak.
This win gives Murray 250 ranking points and moves him to 10th in the Race to London. Next tournament is Beijing masters (500)