For the second consecutive bout, Andy Murray had to work hard to get up the win, but the ball, beating with 2-0 sets of Nicolas Almagro. The streak of the British grew 27 consecutive victories!
Closer to return to the throne of Doha is the Andy Murray, who won the Nicolas Almagro, to qualify for the semi-finals of the Qatar Open. After 2 hours and 9 minutes, the 29-year old Briton defeated Spaniard to 7-6 (4) 7-5 .
The Murray, twice champion in Doha in 2008 and 2009, had to work hard and stay in court over two hours for the second consecutive day, but found his way back to victory without losing sets. Yesterday, he had won the Gerald Melzer 7-6 (6) 7-5.
O Almagro started the quarter-final with the best conditions and preceded 2-0. He returned from 0-40 in the fourth game and made it 3-1, and maintained his lead until the sixth game, when he arrived at 4-2.
Murray's answer came in the 8th game, with the British to make the break back and counterbalancing at 4-4. The Wimbledon champion forced twice Almagro to serve to stay in the set and eventually closed the first set in tie-break, which he took 7-4.
The battle continued in the second set, in which was the turn Murray prior to break first. The British made it 2-1, but Almagro took the next two games and stayed alive to claim the game.
Both players were going along in the score until the end of the set, with Murray to make the decisive break in the 11th game, to precede 6-5. Then, in another game filled with draws, the British served successfully for 7-5 and secured qualification to the "4" Doha.
This was the 27th consecutive victory for Murray on tour, and the fifth face of Almagro, in 6 meetings. The Spaniard had just won their first match by nine years ago at Roland Garros.
In the semifinals of the Qatar Open, a leading tennis player of the world will face one of Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.