Andy Murray vs Jiri Lehecka LIVE: Qatar Open result and reaction from thrilling deciding tiebreak


Andy Murray saved five match points on his way to defeating Jiri Lehecka as he advanced to Saturday’s Qatar Open final in a thrilling deciding tiebreak.

Murray made a sensational start as he looked to reach his first ATP Tour final since last June as he took the opening set without dropping a game. But 21-year-old Lehecka, a rising star who defeated top seed Andrey Rubelv in the previous round, hit back to serve for the match in the decider.

Murray trailed 40-0 on Lehecka’s serve but saved all three match points, before saving a further two to break the Czech. Murray then forced a deciding tiebreaker, setting up a first match point at 6-5. Lehecka saved it with a bold drop shot, but Murray served an ace and took the next point to win the match.

Murray is now 6-0 in deciding sets this year. The Scot also played deciding sets in each of his victories over Alexandre Muller, Alexander Zverev and Lorenzo Sonego this week, while he saved three match points in his opening match against the Italian.

Murray will attempt to win his first ATP Tour title since Antwerp in 2019 against either Daniil Medvedev or Felix Auger-Aliassime in Saturday’s final. Relive the action after Andy Murray won another memorable match to reach the Qatar Open final:

Andy Murray vs Jiri Lehecka

  • Andy Murray takes on Jiri Lehecka in the Qatar Open semi-finals with the start time at 2.30pm

  • SECOND SET LEHECKA! Murray 6-0, 3-6 Lehecka - Lehecka fights back to force a third set

  • OPENING SET MURRAY! Murray 6-0 Lehecka - Emphatic Murray takes first set to love

  • Murray has won all three of his previous matches across three sets

  • Lehecka defeated number one seed Andrey Rublev in quarter-finals

Andy Murray defeats Jiri Lehecka 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 to reach Qatar Open final

17:16 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray is now the only player to reach the Qatar Open final five times.

“The adrenaline is pumping after a match like that.” says Murray in his post-match interview. “The physio’s got a whole of work to do to put me back together for tomorrow.”

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 6-6 (8-6) Jiri Lehecka* - Murray wins and reaches the final!

17:12 , Michael Jones

He’s done it! Andy Murray gets Jiri Lehecka’s wide serve back over the net then is forced to the opposite side of court. He sprints across and whips a forehand winner past the Czech to take the point, the tie-break and the match!

There is no-one better at this. Andy Murray saved five match points and went on to win.

Jiri Lehecka won’t believe what’s just happened.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 6-6 (7-6) Jiri Lehecka*

17:10 , Michael Jones

He can’t take it. A wonderful drop shot from Lehecka sees Murray sprint up the court. The Scot gets it the ball and flicks it over but pulls up hobbling on his ankle as Lehecka sends down the winner.

After the players switch ends. Murray sends down his first ace of the set.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 6-6 (6-5) Jiri Lehecka

17:08 , Michael Jones

A wonderful wide ace from Lehecka draws the tie-break back level but he misses his first serve in the next rally and Murray attacks.

He targets Lehecka’s forehand and the Czech misses one again.

Murray now has a match point.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 6-6 (5-4) Jiri Lehecka

17:06 , Michael Jones

A powerful serve from Jiri Lecheka puts him ahead in the tie break for the first time as Murray fails to keep the return in play.

Murray responds by repeatedly targeting Lehecka’s forehand and eventually the Czech gives by hitting one too low and into the net.

Murray’s next serve wrestles him back into the lead.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 6-6 (3-3) Jiri Lehecka*

17:04 , Michael Jones

Long! Jiri Lehecka whips a forehand down the right hand side but overhits it and the error gives Murray the point.

The 35-year-old is fuming when he double faults and gives the mini-break right back to Lecheka.

Lehecka draws level with a passing forehand winner after Murray steps up to the net and doesn’t place his volley quite right.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 6-6 (2-1) Jiri Lehecka

17:02 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray serves up the first point and takes the rally with a low curling half-volley. The next point goes to Murray as well as the forehand fails Lehecka.

The Czech then serves up a rapid ace. Murray leads 2-1.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 6-6 Jiri Lehecka*

17:00 , Michael Jones

Is the door ajar again? A double fault gets Murray on the board at 40-15.

No, it’s not. Lehecka blasts one down the T line and claims the game. The match is going to a tie-break.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 6-5 Jiri Lehecka*

16:59 , Michael Jones

Lovely from Jiri Lehecka. He meets Murray’s return with a cross court backhand and finds the corner to win the first point.

Lehecka follows up with a winner down the line before storming into a 40-0 lead.

Calm and collected response from the Czech.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 6-5 Jiri Lehecka*

16:58 , Michael Jones

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*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 6-5 Jiri Lehecka

16:56 , Michael Jones

Game Murray! The Scot has won 10 pf the last 11 points and now leads in the final set. How does he do it?

Murray now has the opportunity to win the match. He just needs to break Lehecka one more time.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 5-5 Jiri Lehecka

16:55 , Michael Jones

There’s the fist pump! Lehecka pushes Murray wide and steps up to the net. His volley is poor though and Murray latches onto the return with a cross court backhand.


Lehecka then fails to return the serve and puts Murray further ahead.


*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 5-5 Jiri Lehecka

16:53 , Michael Jones

15-0. Murray continues to strive towards the final. He’s won six points in a row now and Lehecka is rocking ever so slightly. Five match points have gone begging for the Czech.

Murray attempts a pacey second serve and double faults. 15-15.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 5-5 Jiri Lehecka* - Murray breaks!

16:52 , Michael Jones

Advantage Murray! Lehecka hooks what should be a simple forehand into the net.

Game Murray! The Czech smokes one wide of court and squares up the third set.

It’s on. The great escape is on for Andy Murray.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 4-5 Jiri Lehecka*

16:51 , Michael Jones

Murray takes the second one too! Lehecka comes up to the net but Murray is equal to the task. He goes for a passing winner and the Czech can only loft a return over the back of court.


Murray does it again! Three match points saved. The Scot gets on top, forces Lehecka wide then finds the open space on the opposite side of court.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 4-5 Jiri Lehecka*

16:49 , Michael Jones

Jiri Lehecka has been so good on his own serve. He wins the first two points having stormed up to the net and volleyed winners past Murray.


The fist pump comes out as Lehecka moves to 40-0 and gives himself three match points.

Murray saves the first one as Lehecka smokes a backhand into the net.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 4-5 Jiri Lehecka

16:45 , Michael Jones

Brilliant from Murray!

He saves match point twice before a forehand winner puts him to advantage. The next rally sees Lehecka go long and Murray holds serve.

The great escape isn’t on is it?

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 3-5 Jiri Lehecka

16:42 , Michael Jones

Murray and Lehecka go toe-to-toe with each and work the game up to 30-30 before Lehecka sets up a match point.

Murray targets his backhand and Lehecka seems comfortable before pumping one too long!


Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 3-5 Jiri Lehecka*

16:37 , Michael Jones

Jiri Lehecka is confident. He’s bobbing up and down on the spot before each serve and is moving fluidly around the court to meet Murray’s returns.

A miraculous Murray escape doesn’t seem likely this time. Lehecka holds serve without too much trouble.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 3-4 Jiri Lehecka

16:34 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray cuts the deficit with a quick and commanding hold of serve in the final set. Jiri Lehecka is two games away from a spot in hs first ever final.

Will he get there?

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 2-4 Jiri Lehecka*

16:29 , Michael Jones

Lehecka holds! The placement from the 21-year-old is brilliant and lands right in the corner making Murray hurry around the back of court.

Two rallies end in winners for the Czech who moves two games ahead in the final set.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 2-3 Jiri Lehecka*

16:28 , Michael Jones

This feels like the big game of the match. Jiri Lehecka wins the opening point but errs in the next rally and a guides a simple return it the net.


A pacey serve sees an equally good return from Murray, Lehecka sprints across to half-volley a forehand across court and force Murray into a defensive lob shot.

Lehecka waits for it to bounce then smashes home the winner.


*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 2-3 Jiri Lehecka - Lehecka breaks!

16:24 , Michael Jones

Oh Jiri Lehecka. It’s as if the disappointment of losing the last game is fuelling him. He’s got all the answers for Andy Murray’s serve and meets them with powerful return strokes.

Four points in a row for the Czech sees him storm to another break of serve. If he holds now it’ll put him on the brink of a spot in the final.

Murray has to dig deep once again.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 2-2 Jiri Lehecka* - Murray breaks!

16:22 , Michael Jones

Brilliant response from Murray who claws the break back immediately. The third set is back on level terms.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 1-2 Jiri Lehecka*

16:19 , Michael Jones

Game on! A double fault from Lehecka draws the game level at deuce. Can Murray break back from here?

Maybe not. Lehecka pushes Murray behind the baseline then follows up with a drop shot to move to advantage.

He can’t make it count though and pumps a backhand over the back.

Back to deuce.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 1-2 Jiri Lehecka*

16:17 , Michael Jones

What is Andy Murray thinking here? He has the fortitude to win from such positions but Jiri Lehecka is in great rhythm. Two forehands, one that fizzes down the line and another across court take the Czech into the lead in the fourth game.

He’s one point away from a hold but messes up and volleys a backhander into the net. 40-30.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 1-2 Jiri Lehecka - Lehecka breaks!

16:13 , Michael Jones

Deuce! Jiri Lehecka is not letting this one go. He senses that Murray is there for the taking in this game and wants the break.

Murray goes wide and offers up a break point.

Lehecka takes it! Or rather Andy Murray makes the error. A lengthy rally ends with Murray bombing a forehand into the net. Rightly, he’s fuming with that effort.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 1-1 Jiri Lehecka

16:08 , Michael Jones

Murray starts his next service game by going down the line, Lehecka tries to work it back but the ball scuttles off his racket and dribbles into the net.


Lehecka then takes the next rally! Murray fails to capitalise on a smash and the Czech wins it with a powerful backhand that forces Murray into the net.


Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 1-1 Jiri Lehecka*

16:06 , Michael Jones

Lehecka is right on it from his serve. He’s built up his speed and now is switching it up from the going down the T and firing them out wide.

In the end it’s a comfortable gold hold of serve.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 Jiri Lehecka

16:03 , Michael Jones

Game Murray! He targets Lehecka’s backhand from the serve and the Czech drills his return over the back of court.

Murray holds serve.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 0-0 Jiri Lehecka

16:02 , Michael Jones

Lehecka has grown beautifully into this match. He’s now winning points when coming up to the net and flicks a forehand drop wide of Murray to draw level at 30-30.

The crowd is back on Murray’s side as he moves into the lead once more. 40-30.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6, 0-0 Jiri Lehecka

15:59 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray has the slight advantage in that he’s serving first in this deciding set. Lehecka smacks a forehand into the net to give Murrary the opening point.

This game might be a crucial one. Murray will want to hold serve.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-6 Jiri Lehecka* - Lehecka takes the second set!

15:56 , Michael Jones

Brilliant from Jiri Lehecka who rattles through the next three points and claims the set.

For the fourth time this week Andy Murray will play a three set match in Qatar.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-5 Jiri Lehecka*

15:54 , Michael Jones

He’s got it!

A brilliant rally sees Murray step up to the net and deal with Lehecka’s powerful strokes. Lehecka fizzes on across court and Murray has to stretch for his backhand volley.

He gets there and nails it into the deck. 15-30.

Andy Murray 6-0, 3-5 Jiri Lehecka*

15:53 , Michael Jones

The first point goes to Lehecka as Murray sends the ball out of play. 15-0.

The Scot responds and forces an error out of Lehecka who pushes a forehand too long. 15-15.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 3-5 Jiri Lehecka

15:51 , Michael Jones

If there’s one thing we know about Andy Murray is that he doesn’t give up on anything. He’ll do his very best to take this set to the end and competently holds serve.

Lehecka has the chance to serve out the set now though, Murray needs to break.

Andy Murray 6-0, 2-5 Jiri Lehecka*

15:47 , Michael Jones

Lehecka targets Murray’s forehand and pins him in the corner whilst coming up to the net. The Czech volleys over a drop shot winner before closing out the game!

He’s just one game away from taking the second set and levelling this match.

Andy Murray 6-0, 2-4 Jiri Lehecka*

15:44 , Michael Jones

Lehecka saves the first one with a well worked forehand across court. He goes again and forces Murray wide. Murray has to slice over his return and floats it too long.


Andy Murray 6-0, 2-4 Jiri Lehecka*

15:43 , Michael Jones

‘Come on Andy!’ comes a shout fromthe crowd as Lehecka goes slightly long and opens the door for Murray. He moves 15-30 in front before nicking the next point too after a faulty first serve from the Czech.

Two break points for Murray.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 2-4 Jiri Lehecka

15:41 , Michael Jones

That’s the first error from Lehecka in a while. He attempts to go down the line with his forehand and pushes the ball slightly wide. He gestures afterwards that perhaps the wind played a part there.

Murray holds! He keeps ticking along but needs to make a move against the serve of Lehecka.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 1-4 Jiri Lehecka

15:39 , Michael Jones

A stark contrast to the first set is that Jiri Lehecka is launching himself at Murray’s second serves. After the Scot wins the next point he misses out on his first serve and Lehecka smashes a return past him.


Andy Murray 6-0, 1-4 Jiri Lehecka*

15:37 , Michael Jones

Game Lehecka.

The 21-year-old is flying through his service games now and moves even further in front during the second set. Murray needs a break to get back into this one.

First though he has to hold serve.

Andy Murray 6-0, 1-3 Jiri Lehecka*

15:35 , Michael Jones

Jiri Lehecka has certainly found his range from the serve. Pace, power and accuracy all combine to send him 40-0 ahead. The Czech then sends Murray scrambling to the left but he hooks a fine backhand over the net and Lehecka’s return hits the net.


*Andy Murray 6-0, 1-3 Jiri Lehecka

15:33 , Michael Jones

Game Murray! Nice hold of serve from Murray to get on the board in the second set.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 0-3 Jiri Lehecka

15:33 , Michael Jones

Fightback from Lehecka. He jumps onto a serve a drills a backhander down the line to get on the board in this game before being worked wide to the left.

The Czech slices one just over the top as Murray comes forward but the Scot’s volley lands in the net. 40-30.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 0-3 Jiri Lehecka

15:30 , Michael Jones

Great start. Murray steps up to the net from his opening serve and rattles a forehand winner past Lehecka. He follows up with some spinning backhands in the next rally and Lehecka fires one over the back of court.


Andy Murray 6-0, 0-3 Jiri Lehecka*

15:28 , Michael Jones

There’s confidence flowing out of Lehecka now. His serve is sharp and accurate and he rattles off consecutive aces to fly through the third game of the second set.

Work for Murray to do now. He needs to hold serve here.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 0-2 Jiri Lehecka - Lehecka breaks!

15:26 , Michael Jones

There’s a different feel to this match now. Lechecka has finally joined the party. He strikes a sweet backhand down the line to set up a break point.

He takes it! Murray strays too straight and Lehecka unleashes a powerful forehand to the back corner. Murray gets it back but can’t control the return and pumps it too long.

It’s a break of serve.

*Andy Murray 6-0, 0-1 Jiri Lehecka

15:23 , Michael Jones

Wonderful! Murray serves wide to Lehecka’s forehand but the Czech gets there and whips his wrists over the shot smoking it across court and taking the point 0-15.

Murray doesn’t let Lehecka’s renewed vigour get to him and responds by taking the next two points to move back into the lead.


Andy Murray 6-0, 0-1 Jiri Lehecka*

15:21 , Michael Jones

Game Lehecka. The first game of the second set goes his way as he closes it out to love. The Czech is finally on the board, he’ll put up more of a fight in this set.

That’s a guarantee.

Andy Murray 6-0, 0-0 Jiri Lehecka*

15:20 , Michael Jones

Mistake from Murray! Lehecka wins the first point thanks to a pacey serve then is put on the defensive. He floats a backhand over the net and Murray lets it go as he comes up to the net.

He thinks it’s going long but the ball bounces in and Lehecka takes the point. 30-0.

15:18 , Michael Jones

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Andy Murray 6-0, 0-0 Jiri Lehecka*

15:16 , Michael Jones

Jiri Lehecka has left court to reset mind and body. There are murmurings that he may have a problem with his shoulder as his serving speeds are down from yesterday.

We’ll see if anything comes from that.

*Andy Murray 6-0 Jiri Lehecka - Murray takes first set

15:14 , Michael Jones

Top class. That was absolutely emphatic from Andy Murray. He was gifted a whole heap of points from Jiri Lehecka who just couldn’t find any rhythm.

The Czech needs to dig deep and produce in the second set or else he’s facing elimination.

*Andy Murray 5-0 Jiri Lehecka

15:13 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray forces Jiri Lehecka onto the back foot but the Czech manages to flick back a looping return. Murray fails to take advantage and pulls a forehand wide to give away the first point of the game.

He responds brilliantly though and rattles off two quick rallies to move back in front. 30-15.

Andy Murray 5-0 Jiri Lehecka* - Murray breaks!

15:09 , Michael Jones

That’s good! Lehecka whips a forehand down the line after forcing Murray wide and sets up a game point. Murray responds with some powerful hits of his own and forces the Czech to drill a return into the net.


Incredible! Lehecka had a chance to win that game but Murray takes another one from deuce. What a fantastic start to this match for the 35-year-old.

Andy Murray 4-0 Jiri Lehecka*

15:07 , Michael Jones

Jiri Lehecka needs to change tact. He’s backed himself to over power Murray so far but the Scot’s defence is really good.

Murray is gifted a couple of points to move 0-30 ahead in the fifth game but a wayward slice and a failed lob brings Lehecka back into the game.


*Andy Murray 4-0 Jiri Lehecka

15:04 , Michael Jones

Game Murray! It only takes one more serve for Murray to close out the match. That’s four games in a row for him now. He’s closing in on taking the first set.

*Andy Murray 3-0 Jiri Lehecka

15:03 , Michael Jones

Lehecka fails to return another second serve from Murray giving the Scot a firm grip on this game too. He flies into a 40-15 lead before Lehecka storms up to the net and smashes a winner back at winner.


*Andy Murray 3-0 Jiri Lehecka

15:00 , Michael Jones

This is Andy Murray’s fifth semi-final in Doha in seven appearances. Will he reach the final? He’s got this match off to a perfect start by winning the opening three games including two breaks of serve.

A backhand return from Lehecka finds the net and Murray wins the opening point for the fourth game. 15-0.

Andy Murray 3-0 Jiri Lehecka* - Murray breaks!

14:58 , Michael Jones

Lehecka hasn’t really got into the match yet - certainly not to the levels he reached yesterday. An overhit forehand from Murray sends the ball too long and he draws level at 15-15 in the game.

Lovely! Murray takes the next two points two. His cross court forehand is powerful and accurate, Lehecka hasn’t got an answer to that yet.

Break of serve! Four points in a run for Murray sees him break the Czech for a second time in the first set.

*Andy Murray 2-0 Jiri Lehecka

14:55 , Michael Jones

Deuce! Three break points save by Andy Murray who quickly moves to advantage in the game after Lehecka fails to return his first serve.

Murray holds! Lehecka bombs another shot into the net and that gives Andy Murray the advantage in the first set.

*Andy Murray 1-0 Jiri Lehecka

14:53 , Michael Jones

That’s not what Murray wanted. A double fault sets Lehecka up with three break points but the Czech fizzes one wide in the next rally.


That’s good! A roll of the wrists from Murray sends a forehand return slightly wider and Lehecka has to stretch to reach the ball. He gets there but sends the return into the net.


*Andy Murray 1-0 Jiri Lehecka

14:51 , Michael Jones

Can Andy Murray hold serve and complete the break?

He miscues a forehand down the line into the net to give Jiri Lehecka the opening point of the second game. 0-15.

Murray then faults off his first serve and allows Lehecka into the rally. The Czech works Murray from side-to-side before dinking a drop shot over the net and winning the point with a follow up lob.


Andy Murray 1-0 Jiri Lehecka* - Murray breaks!

14:48 , Michael Jones

Murray has defended this opening game well. He’s focused on keeping the ball in play but there’s a pace to his returns that Lehecka hasn’t got the feeling of.

Lehecka drills a backhand into the net then goes wide and from deuce Murray takes the opening game. It’s an early break!

Perfect start for the Scot.

Andy Murray 0-0 Jiri Lehecka*

14:46 , Michael Jones

Lehecka’s faults so far have come from his forehand, especially when it smokes it hard in an attempted winner. Two or three times he’s pumped it long now.

The Czech misses the chance to take the game as Andy Murray twice claws this opening game back to deuce.

Andy Murray 0-0 Jiri Lehecka*

14:44 , Michael Jones

Lehecka fizzes down an ace to get his first point on the board but Murray responds by taking the next rally and setting up two early break points.

He can’t take them though and knocks a couple of strokes long to bring the first game level at deuce.

Andy Murray 0-0 Jiri Lehecka*

14:42 , Michael Jones

Jiri Lehecka opens the serving in the first set and gives the point away to Andy Murray. He follows it up with a flurry of forehands before attempting a powerful winner and sending it wide.

0-30. Good start for Murray.

Andy Murray vs Jiri Lehecka

14:34 , Michael Jones

Here comes Andy Murray. He’s the first to step out onto court and receives a warm welcome from the crowd. Murray has won this tournament twice but he comes into the match as the underdog today.

Jiri Lehecka has reached the semi-final stage of this competition on his first ever attempt.

As the players start to go through their warm-up routines it’s safe to say that the crowd is backing Murray to win.

Andy Murray vs Jiri Lehecka

14:30 , Michael Jones

Coverage of this semi-final starts at 2.30pm on Amazon Prime. Murray is hoping to dig deep once again and make it through to the Qatar Open final but he’ll face a tough test againast Jiri Lehecka who defeated the number one seed Andrey Rublev yesterday.

Murray on defeating Muller yesterday

14:24 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray fought back to claim a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory against Alexandre Muller yesterday at the Qatar Open and spoke after the match about how he found the will to stay in the match.

“I had to start going for my shots a lot more. In the first set, I wasn’t doing enough with the ball, he was dictating the points and making me run.” he said,

“I’ve played a lot of tennis the past few months, so that didn’t give me the best chance to win. I became more attacking, came to the net more when I had the chance to step up.

“He [Muller] has had an excellent tournament, coming through qualifying. He’s had good wins over years, beating Gasquet and Tsonga, so I knew it would be a tough match. He plays very well and with more experience, hopefully he will be here more often.”

Murray aiming for more than Qatar Open title

14:18 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray says that he would love to win the Qatar Open this year but has other goals he’s targeting. Murray, who triumphed in Doha in 2008 and 2009, said:

“I would love to win one [title]but I have goals to achieve more than that. I am putting myself in a position now to do that going into the last couple of matches.

“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 now, that I will have not just one opportunity to win a title but I will have more chances to do that in this last stage of my career.”

Andy Murray on facing Jiri Lehecka

14:12 , Michael Jones

“He is one of the best young players on the tour, it’ll be a big test for me,” said former world number one Andy Murray.

“He has started the year extremely well, did well at the Australian Open and hits a huge ball.”

Lehecka on his impressive start to the season

14:06 , Michael Jones

“These past two months have been very great for me,” Lehecka said in his on-court interview after beating Rublev yesterday.

“I was very looking forward to playing here in Doha on this beautfiul centre court, so I am very happy with the win and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Andy Murray vs Jiri Lehecka latest odds

14:00 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray to win: 19/13

Jiri Lehecka to win: 8/13

How can I watch it?

13:55 , Michael Jones

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch a live stream of the Qatar Open match on Amazon Prime Video.

What time is Andy Murray vs Jiri Lehecka?

13:52 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray’s match against Jiri Lehecka is the second match on centre court at the Qatar Open, with a scheduled start of around 2:30pm GMT at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.

Novak Djokovic gives update on plans to compete in the US unvaccinated

13:45 , Michael Jones

In other news in the world of tennis, Novak Djokovic says he is hoping for a “positive decision” after applying for special permission to enter the United States unvaccinated in order to compete in Indian Wells and Miami next month.

The US vaccine requirement for foreign visitors is not expected to be lifted before the start of Indian Wells on March 9, which means Djokovic is set to miss the prestigious ATP Masters event for the second straight year, as well as the tournament in Miami.

Djokovic was allowed to enter the Australian Open last month after the country relaxed its Covid rules but says his plans to compete in the US for the first time since 2021 remain uncertain.

“My plans after Dubai depend on the US. I’m waiting for a reply, it’s not on me. I will know soon,” Djokovic said at a press conference in Belgrade on Wednesday.

“Everything is in process. I’m thankful to the Indians Wells and Miami communities for their support. They would like me to be able to play in their tournaments. I’m looking forward to a positive decision coming soon, but it’s not in my hands.”

Murray defeats Muller

13:37 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray was at his imperious best yesterday when he took on Alexandre Muller of France. He fought back from losing the first set to winning the next two and booking a place in the semi-finals.

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Biggest win of his career

13:30 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray’s opponent today is Jiri Lehecka.

The 21-year-old earned the biggest win of his career on Thursday at the Qatar Open, where he upset World No. 5 Andrey Rublev 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach his second tour-level semi-final.

The Czech entered the clash off the back of straight-set wins against Damir Dzumhur and Emil Ruusuvuori and he demonstrated his confidence through a heavy-hitting performance against the top seed.

Will he be able to repeat that performance against Andy Murray today?

Murray pleased with recent performances

13:24 , Michael Jones

"The last couple of years I lost quite a lot of close matches, and it’s something I spoke to my team about last year," said Andy Murray this week in Doha.

He has won three three-setters to advance to his 102nd tour-level semi-final this and believes the work he put in during the off-season has helped him to improve. "I think the work I did in the offseason on my game, physically has given me a bit more belief in those moments.

"I think when you’re in better shape, when you start to fatigue, it helps you make better decisions. If you’re struggling quite a bit physically towards the end of matches and in those important moments, it makes you maybe try and shorten the points, or play a different way, which doesn’t give you the best chance of wining.

“I feel like that improvement physically has helped in those moments."

Andy Murray through to Qatar Open semi-final after battling past Alexandre Muller

13:16 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray will face Jiri Lehecka in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open semi-finals after beating French qualifier Alexandre Muller in three sets.

Murray hit back strongly after losing the opening set to win 4-6 6-1 6-2 in two hours and three minutes against Muller, who defied his world ranking of 170 early in the match.

The 35-year-old Scot, who knocked out German fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the previous round, was forced to produce some of his best tennis again as he stayed on course for his third title in Doha.

Andy Murray through to Qatar Open semi-final after battling past Alexandre Muller

Andy Murray vs Jiri Lehecka

12:46 , Michael Jones

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Andy Murray vs Jiri Lehecka at the Qatar Open.

Today’s semi-final match-up sees Murray looking to continue his march on a rollercoaster week in Doha.

Stick with us for live coverage of the contest.