The final of the Doha International Tennis Tournament, on Saturday, will bring together the Scottish Andy Murray against the Russian Daniel Medvedev, after the first defeated the Czech Jiri Lichka 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), and the second defeated the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) in the semi-finals Friday.
Murray, currently ranked 70 in the world and former world number one, reached his first final on ATP courts since the German Stuttgart tournament last June. The last of his 46 titles came to the Belgian Antwerp tournament in 2019.
Against Lihicka, Murray confirmed his impressive performance since the beginning of the week, after defeating Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the second round on Wednesday.
Thus, Murray (35 years old) achieved his fourth consecutive victory in three-set matches, which also indicates his good physical level in this tournament.
The victory will allow the two-time Wimbledon champion (2013 and 2016) to move into the top 50 on Monday.
In the final, Murray will meet Medvedev, the second seed in the tournament, who was decisive against Auger-Aliassime in two sets.
Because the Canadian committed 26 unforced errors, despite his convergence in crushing blows with the Russian, with six for Medvedev compared to 5 for Auger-Aliassime.
After winning the Dutch tournament in Rotterdam last week, the former world number one (27 years) hopes to win another title on Saturday, to celebrate his return to the top ten in the world rankings after a shy start to the season.
Medvedev had previously won his two previous matches against Murray, in Brisbane 2019 and Miami 2022.
“He (Murray) is a legend and he plays from better to better. It’s great to see him and I’m very happy to meet him tomorrow (Saturday),” the Russian said in this regard.
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