Andy Murray makes winning start

  • Last Updated: November 5 2012, 23:20 GMT

Andy Murray was victorious in his first match on home soil as a grand slam champion as he fought back from a set down to defeat Tomas Berdych at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Andy Murray: Winning start at the O2 Arena

It did not look good for the Murray when he dropped the opening set but the current world number three finally took a break point at the 11th time of asking early in the second and from there he kept Berdych at arm's length to win 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Berdych picked out the third game of the second set as the point where the match changed, and Murray said: "I obviously broke the next game.

"But in the first set the same thing happened with me where I had I think seven or eight break points and didn't get them, and he had break points in one of the games and got one of them. He gained a bit of confidence after that.

"In indoor matches, when both of us I thought served pretty well, we weren't losing too many points on our first serve, it can hinge on a couple points here or there.

"That definitely gave me the advantage in the second set. But the third set was tight as well."

Murray did admit, though, that he had been thinking about the match points that slipped away in his previous matches when he came to serve for this one.

He said: "I was thinking the reasons why that had happened. Today I focused on every point. I got myself pumped up. I took my time and served it out well."

In the same group, Novak Djokovic celebrated returning to world number one by defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.

The Serb overtook Roger Federer in the rankings on Monday to reclaim top spot four months after last holding it, and he is guaranteed to hold onto it until next year.

He was made to fight hard by seventh seed Tsonga, though, with the Frenchman in the ascendancy for much of the opening set.

He had three break points but could not take any of them and Djokovic capitalised in the tie-break, getting off to a fast start and not looking back.

The 25-year-old then grabbed the first break of the match in the opening game of the second set as Tsonga carried his frustration with him.

Djokovic had lost all four of his previous meetings with Tsonga on indoor courts but this was a seventh straight win over last year's runner-up for the top seed.

And it guaranteed a repeat of the US Open final in the next round of Group A matches on Wednesday, renewing the rivalry between Murray and Djokovic that has increasingly taken centre stage in recent months.

As well as their five-set classic in New York, the pair also played a brilliant three-set final in Shanghai, where Djokovic turned the tables, and the winner on Wednesday will have one foot in the semi-finals.

Djokovic admitted victory was important more than just in the context of this tournament, saying: "I had difficult circumstances (last week), some things I had to face.

"That's why this match tonight was very important for me mentally, to break the ice in some way, to return to the shape that I want to be in, the mental state, also to be confident and optimistic on the court and play my game.

"Hopefully I can carry this on to another match against Andy in two days."


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