February 20, 2023
Andy Murray possesses a refusal to lose – and it’s truly astounding.
That immeasurable will to win has helped him prevail in yet another epic in the desert.
He saved three match points and came from 0-3 down in the decisive tie-break to defeat Lorenzo Sonego 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).
Murray’s 720th ATP tour win sets up a tantalising clash with Sascha Zverev in the next round.
Andy Murray also looks ready to thrill Centre Court spectators at Wimbledon 2023!
Meanwhile Carlos Alcaraz is back with a bang – and he too will make for sheer box office at Wimbledon 2023.
The 19-year-old phenomenon beat the excellent Brit, Cameron Norrie 6-3, 7-5 to win his first tournament after a four-month injury lay-off.
‘I felt very comfortable playing the final,’ Alcaraz said in Buenos Aires after taking the Argentina Open.
And we can’t wait to see the young sensation at Wimbledon 2023 as well!
But Andy Murray’s never-say-die victory over Sonego in Qatar was even more impressive than the Alcaraz comeback in South America.
He admitted: ‘It was really tough. We’d never played against each other before. I didn’t know exactly how the match was going to go and it took a while to get used to his game.’
Andy almost ran out of time when he trailed 15-40 as he served to stay in the match. But a stubborn, marathon rally and fizzing serve kept him alive.
And Murray refused to be beaten when he faced a third match point moments later. Perhaps the psychological battle was won right there.
Indeed it was the Italian, Sonego who crumbled under pressure in the tie-break. He sent a simple volley wide and lost momentum at a crucial time.
Murray acknowledged: ‘He’s a high-risk player and he takes chances. Thankfully, in the tie-break he made a couple of mistakes – and I managed to get home.’
How the crowd roared – led by Andy’s mother Judy. ‘I appreciate everyone coming out to support and creating an atmosphere like that at the end,’ a delighted Murray said.
The crowds will be even bigger at the greatest Grand Slam of them all this summer.
Andy Murray and Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon 2023! Will you be there to watch the superstars?
And Murray will soon be involved in another anticipated classic against Sascha Zverev in Qatar. Andy hopes Zverev doesn’t hit his best form just yet.
He said of Sascha: ‘He was obviously one of the top players in the world and had a bad injury and he is coming back.
‘He’s going to be improving every week. He’s not quite back at his highest level yet – and that’s going to take time. But it’s going to be another great match.’
A supremely fit Murray will fancy his chances to come out on top once more.
Whatever happens, it’s fantastic to see the top stars returning to their best form.
And we can’t wait to see them all at Wimbledon 2023.
Will you join us?