BNP Paribas Masters, Paris
[CR8] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [CR11] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
Murray is determined to play in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and he kept his eyes narrowly focused on that objective today. Dimitrov could not raise his game to another level and struggled throughout the match with the pace and placement of Murray’s shots.
Murray controlled the majority of points and never faced a break chance against his serve, while Dimitrov barely won the few games that he did. Murray played the best tennis he has played in a long time and surprisingly, he was the better mover on the court.
Dimitrov made too many anxious errors, is unaware of court geometry and is developing an unhealthy habit of double faulting at the most inopportune moments. A double-fault is never good, but it can be disastrous, especially at set and match points. Nevertheless, it was quite a competitive contest and Murray worked very hard, showing off his improved confidence and fitness to win 6-3, 6-3.