Andy Murray had to gut it out in a three hour 20-minute showdown in order to get a victory over Kei Nishikori. The encounter was the longest three set match in the history of the ATP tour finals with Murray getting the necessary win to keep his hopes alive of making it out of the tennis stages.
The first set of the match alone took 85 minutes to complete and according to tennis expert, Peter Fleming, this was probably one of the best matches he had ever seen and was really impressed with Murray. "That was one of the best tennis matches I've ever seen," Fleming said.
"The quality of tennis from both guys, who were whacking groundstrokes as hard as they could seemingly, and making incredible defensive saves. Murray's fighting capacity is immense.” "Both guys were down so many times and they both fought back from 15-40, 0-30 and Nishikori very nearly got back into the final set after being down 5-1. "It was really fun and we might even see another match or two like that as this week progresses." Also Read: ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS: Murray tops Nishikori in an outstanding baseline battle