Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters II
PTA Masters 1000 - Sunday (Final) - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Clay (Red)
Second seed Sven Oxenstierna
has beaten American rival Dwayne Murdoch
in a tight three-set affair to claim his second Masters title of the year in Monaco. While the match wasn't the five-set encounter many were hoping for, the World No. 4 was thoroughly tested by the World No. 12 as he claimed victory just inside three hours.
In a spirited opening set, it was the American who did most of the running early with his groundstrokes off both wings troubling Oxenstierna enough to take a 4-1 lead. But serving second, Oxenstierna managed to avoid a crushing first set defeat by stringing five games together with some fantastic defensive tennis as he claimed the first set six games to four.
But after dropping the first set from a winnable position, Murdoch wasn't about to drop away that quickly and in his second PTA Masters 1000 final stuck close to the West CWLander. In a drawn out set that went to a tiebreaker, Oxenstierna was pushed to the limit before producing some great defence to draw key unforced errors from the American No. 3 to secure the breaker 7-4.
On the cusp of claiming his third PTA title, Oxenstierna moved early as he looked to shut Murdoch out completely. However after breaking serve early, Sven the Ox was drawn back by the American who broke back to level the scores at 3-3. But he couldn't keep the consistent serving of the second set up as Oxenstierna broke late to secure the title 6-4, 7-6(4), 7-5
without dropping a set all week.
- Seeded players out: Dwayne Murdoch.