SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Andy Murray completed the best weekend of his young career on Sunday, following up his semifinal upset of Andy Roddick with a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) win over Lleyton Hewitt to claim the SAP Open championship.
Murray, 18, a native of Scotland, created a stir at last year's Wimbledon with some success in the early rounds. But that was nothing compared to his success in San Jose, where he beat two Grand Slam tournament winners on successive nights for his first ATP title.
Murray, ranked 60th by the ATP, knocked off the No. 3 player in the world in Roddick 7-5, 7-5 on Saturday, then came back the next day to beat the world No. 11 in Hewitt, using a mix of deft drops shots and backhand winners.
"Obviously, it's the biggest moment in my life in tennis so
far," Murray said of the win, which earned him $52,000. The win
also moves Murray into the top 50 in the tour rankings for the
Murray started slow, but settled down in the second set. Once he
gathered himself, his powerful backcourt game proved too much for
On match point in the third-set tiebreaker, Murray sliced a few
shots to set up a crisp backhand crosscourt winner that Hewitt
could only watch.
Murray briefly raised his hands over his head after winning
the match. The 18-year-old shook hands with Hewitt at the net and
then climbed into the stands for a long hug and kiss from his
Murray said his girlfriend's presence during the tournament
"Hopefully she'll come to a few more tournaments," Murray
said, drawing chuckles from the crowd.
Hewitt was tested early, fighting off break points in the first
game of the match and climbing back from love-30 on his serve to go
up 3-1. Hewitt would break Murray twice to close out the set 6-2.
But Murray fought back well and began to hit his backhand with
more authority in the second set. The Brit's clean crosscourt
winners brought raucous applause from the crowd that welcomed him
warmly, even after dismissing the tournament favorite Roddick.
Hewitt refused to go away quietly, staving off two match points
with aces in the third set. Those opportune aces that extended the
match gave Murray pause.
"I got a little too nervous, but I managed to come through,"
In the final set, Murray mixed in drop shots with his
groundstrokes, drawing Hewitt to the net and then lobbing over him
or passing him.
Hewitt said his serve, including a crucial double fault in the
third-set tiebreaker, let him down.
"I just wasn't getting any cheap points out there, but to his
credit he was hardly missing too many returns," said Hewitt, who
had 10 aces and 11 double faults on his serve.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.