“It’s already been a great week for me, big progress from anything I’ve done in the last year or so, to string four matches together like this and against top players in Basilashvili and Opelka,” Murray stated.
“I’ll go for 47 tomorrow. It’s been a good week, I’ve played better with each match, so hopefully, I’ll step it up again tomorrow.”
The former World No. 1 used his trademark returning prowess to successfully nullify the American’s large serve and attain his first ATP Tour final since profitable the title in Antwerp in 2019.
Despite Opelka serving 20 aces, Murray was nonetheless capable of finding the proper moments to successfully counter-assault.
“You can’t really prepare for it, to be honest, you just have to try and adjust while you’re out there. I chose to block quite a few returns, to get lots in play today, which worked pretty well,” Murray stated. “It’s tough but returning has always been one of the strongest parts of my game, and I used it well today.”
He was annoyed to lose the opening set in opposition to 6ft 11in Opelka having fought again from 1-5 within the tie-break however he stored urgent on his opponent’s serve and received his reward for a 6-7 (6) 6-4 6-4 victory.
Murray has all the time carried out nicely in opposition to large servers, his nice returns and skill to maintain the ball in play making it a powerful match-up for him. He holds a 7-0 report in opposition to Ivo Karlovic and an 8-0 in opposition to John Isner, and this win means he stays unbeaten in opposition to the giants of the sport.
Murray will now bid for a forty seventh profession title in opposition to both compatriot Dan Evans in what can be a first all-British ATP Tour final or Russia’s Aslan Karatsev.
He stated: “It’s obviously great to be in another final. A tough match again. It was always going to be tight against him. There is not many chances either way usually.
“After dropping the first set, it felt like fairly a great distance again however I stayed tight on my serve. I served nicely the final couple of units and I feel general performed a reasonably good match. It was a very good win.”