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Murray makes final in Thailand

Updated: Sunday, 02 Oct 2011 12:31

Andy Murray - Is up against world number 55 Donald Young in the final
Andy Murray - Is up against world number 55 Donald Young in the final

World number four Andy Murray survived a scare to reach the final of the Thailand Open in Bangkok today.

The top seed looked to be comfortably on course after winning the first set 6-2 against Gilles Simon.

But the Frenchman fought back to win the second set 6-3. However the Scot broke early in the third set, and went on to win the decider 6-2 in a match which lasted one hour and 53 minutes.

Murray will face world number 55 Donald Young, who earlier beat second seed Gael Monfils 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5), on Sunday.

"I'm excited, I'm stoked, all the words that mean you're happy to be in my first final," Young said after beating the Frenchman to reach his first ATP World Tour final.

"I've seen a lot of my peers make finals and I'm happy to be in my first one. It's great to beat a top-10 player of the calibre of Gael."

The 22-year-old trailed 1-4 in the third set, but fought back to force a tie-break and earned match point with a successful Hawk-Eye challenge in two hours and 46 minutes.

"Lately in the big matches I've won I've been down and I've had to come back. I'm just trying to fight and not give up and it pays dividends at the end of matches," the American told atpworldtour.com.

Elsewhere, Marcos Baghdatis produced a stunning performance to see off second seed Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-1 and reach the final of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

The Cypriot traded breaks with his opponent early in the first set before eventually claiming the decisive advantage, and produced three breaks of serve in the second set to breeze into the final, where he will face another Serbian in Janko Tipsarevic.

Baghdatis, ranked 60th in the world after a difficult season, was delighted to be into his first final of the year.

He said: "It feels great to be in another final. There's still one match to go. Today was a strange first set from both of us, struggling with our serves.

"But I stayed calm and focused on what I had to and played the important points better in the first set.

"I'm happy with the way I fought, and to win without spending too much time on court."

Third seed Tipsarevic was a 6-4 6-3 winner over Japan's Kei Nishikori.

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