Andy Murray beats Juan Monaco to reach Shenzhen Open final

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SHENZHEN, China (AP) Second-seeded Andy Murray rallied from a set down to beat Juan Monaco of Argentina 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 Saturday and reach the final of the Shenzhen Open.

From 3-3 in the second set, Murray won nine straight games to beat Monaco in 1 hour, 42 minutes and set up a meeting with fourth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain in Sunday's final.

Robredo overpowered sixth-seeded Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-1, 6-4.

In the third set, Murray dropped just four points on serve and converted all three of his break points. In Sunday's final, he will be bidding for his first title since his Wimbledon triumph in July 2013.

Murray has struggled since back surgery a year ago.

''It's been a tough year for me,'' Murray said. ''The first few months coming back from surgery were hard, then I lost a bit of confidence. But I've felt better the past few months and hopefully I can have a strong end to the season.''

Murray accepted a wild card into Shenzhen in a bid to to improve his ranking from 11th into the top eight, so as to qualify for the ATP Finals in London in November.

Robredo had 10 aces and converted four of his seven break points to beat Giraldo in 70 minutes.