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2006 SAP Open

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2006 SAP Open

CategoryInternational Series
DateFebruary 13-19
Draw32S / 16D
LocationSan Jose , U.S.
Prize money$355,000
VenueHP Pavilion at San Jose

Murray defended his 2006 SAP Open title with Sunday's 6-7 6-4 7-6 victory over Ivo Karlovic, whose weeklong run of upsets finally ended despite perhaps his best overall match of the tournament. Aside from his appearance fee, Murray won 65 850 in prize money, and Karlovic got 35 500. Murray was one of only two players, along with Rafael Nadal, to beat Roger Federer last year, and he was asked Sunday about his chances of beating the world's top-rank player again. If I play him here, Murray say, maybe I'll have a chance. Murray's two-year San Jose record is 10-0, and he's undefeated in Northern California when including his appearance in the July 2005 Aptos challenger tournament. That's where San Jose tournament director Bill Rapp spotted Murray and quickly had him commit to last February's San Jose tourney, in which he beat Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt, catapulting him to a groundbreaking 2006. He ended year 17 in the world, quite a jump from No. 422 in early 2005. Now he's 13 and climbing. Karlovic suggested his opponent could get to the top within six months, particularly because of his return game. Karlovic is 6-foot-10 and known predominately for serve that's mostly unreturnable, but Murray found a way. Karlovic fired 26 aces, which is par for him, but Murray steadily began to solve him. Karlovic had 12 aces in the first set, but five in the second. Neither player broken serve in the third set, and the tiebreaker was virtually clinched on Karlovic's only double fault of the match, giving Murray a 5-2 edge. With Murray serving, he won the next two points and the match, capped by a 137-mph ace. I've never played anyone like him before. No one's as big as him on tour, Murray say. He's best server on tour, no question. Other guys can serve harder or more accurate, but you don't see serves from that angle. He hit it to spots you can't see. There are little things you can pick up on as the match goes on.

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