Andy Murray still remembers his 2005 Bangkok run and meeting the great Roger Federer in his first-ever ATP final. In early October of 2005, an 18-year-old Murray made his first ATP final in Bangkok before suffering a 6-3 7-5 loss to Federer.
This past week in Doha, Murray was asked if he remembered his first ATP quarterfinal win on the Tour. “Let me think, I’m gonna say my first ever tour level quarterfinal was in Bangkok is that right? Let me see was it Paradorn Srichaphan? (Robby) Ginepri? I lost to Federer in the final I remember that one,” Murray said, per Sportskeeda.
In the 2005 Bangkok quarterfinal, Murray defeated former world No 15 Robby Ginepri 4-6 6-4 6-3. Then, Murray beat former top-10 player Paradorm Srichaphan 6-7 7-5 6-2 in the semifinal.
When Murray won his first ATP title?
After losing his first ATP final in early October of 2005, Murray captured his first ATP title in 2006 February after beating Lleyton Hewitt in the San Jose final.
Since then, Murray has won 45 more titles and now has 46 titles in his collection. This past week, Murray made his first ATP final of the 2023 season in Doha. Unfortunately for Murray, he fell short of winning Doha after Daniil Medvedev handed him a 6-4 6-4 loss.
Murray, who will be turning 36 in May, has won just one title after returning from two hip surgeries. In Doha, Murray revealed his goal is to win multiple titles before retiring. “I want to win multiple. I mean, obviously I’d love to win one, but I have goals to achieve more than that.
I feel like these last few weeks are a step in the right direction, and if I continue to play and compete like I am just now, I’ll have, you know, not just one opportunity to win a title, but I’ll have more chances to do that in this last stage of my career,” Murray said in Doha.
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