Andy Murray fought tirelessly to come back from one set behind and secure his third title in just five weeks against an impressive Tommy Robredo at the Agora Arena in Valencia on Sunday.
The Scot won the hard way once again, saving five match points as he did in the Shenzhen Open last month to put himself in a very strong position to qualify for the World Tour Finals in November.
In a match that lasted three hours and twenty minutes, the longest on the ATP Tour this year, Robredo claimed the first set 6-3, before the second and third sets both went to tie breaks, of which Murray eventually came out on top.
The Valencia Open victory earned Murray a further 200 points in his bid for ATP qualification, lifting him to fifth place in the Race to London, 30 points clear of Kei Nishikori.
"I kept fighting and it stands me in good stead for the end of this year and the beginning of next.”
It will take a set of very unusual and unlikely results at the Paris Masters to eliminate the 27-year-old from the qualifying places, which means that Murray is likely to be competing with the World's best once again.
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“I know it was an incredible match. When you have to work hard for something it means more, you get more satisfaction from it. I kept fighting and it stands me in good stead for the end of this year and the beginning of next.” Murray told reporter.
Murray's win sees him move up to eighth in the ATP rankings, following a disappointing season which had seen him drop out of the top ten and as low as twelfth for the first time in six years, before his recent improvement in form.
Murray had been as high as second in the world and in the top four throughout 2013, which was supported by his memorable Wimbledon victory, where he became the first Englishman to win the major since Fred Perry back in 1936.
Novak Djokovic is still the current number one ranking following another impressive season which has seen him win both Wimbledon and the French Open.
MURRAY NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Despite qualifying for the World Tour Finals for seven consecutive years, Murray has never reached the final and will need to up his game again if he is to cause an upset this time round.
Murray went fourteen months without a victory over another top 10 player, between his win over Djokovic in the Wimbledon 2013 final and his defeat of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the US Open in September.
Djokovic has won the two previous renewals of the event, beating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, so he will be the big favourite to retain his title.
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