Andy Murray, ranked No. 68 in the world, stuns top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach Stuttgart Open semifinals; The 35-year-old meets Nick Kyrgios for a place in Sunday’s final after opponent Marton Fucsovics retired in the second set
Last updated: 10/06/22 18:17
Andy Murray put on a classic performance against top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open on Friday.
The former world No. 1, currently ranked at No. 68 in the world, celebrated one of his biggest wins since hip surgery in 2019 as he continued his stunning form on the German pitch this week by beating Tsitsipas 7-6 (7: 4), 6 shocked -3 in an hour and 40 minutes to reach the last four.
Murray won 82 percent of first-serve points
65 percent of second serve points in his first top-five win since 2016, when he beat Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals to finish year-end No. 1
Murray’s last semi-final at tour level was on grass: at Wimbledon in 2016, which he won
Murray said in his on-court interview, “I thought I did well. He served incredibly well in the first set and I had very few chances coming back.
“But when he created chances on my serve I stayed strong. I played a really solid tie break and in the second set I served well while he gave up a bit.
“When I was in the rallies I felt like I had to dictate a lot of points so it was a good performance.”
Murray said he was happy to be in top gear on his preferred surface.
“I don’t want to say that I was the smarter player, but maybe this rubber suits my style. Stefanos plays well on all surfaces but it works really well for my game and I can use my strengths better.”
In a close encounter, the 35-year-old Scot saved a set point from 6-6 in the first set before sealing it in a tie-break, interrupting Tsitsipas to take a 4-2 lead in the second set, en route to an impressive one Winning victory with his third match point and getting revenge for his loss to Tsitsipas at the US Open last year.
Murray will play Nick Kyrgios for a place in Sunday’s final. The Australian progressed after his opponent Marton Fucsovics had to retire in the second set. Kyrgios was leading 7: 6 (7: 3) 3: 0 at this point.
Matteo Berretinithe Wimbledon 2021 runner-up had previously booked his spot in the last four of the ATP 250 event with a 3-6 6-3 6-4 win over fellow Italian Lorenzo Sonego.
Next he meets the local hero Oscar Ottewhich went through after a walkover by Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi.
Swiatek skips Berlin event with shoulder problem and targets Wimbledon
In other news, French Open champion Iga Swiatek will miss next week’s Berlin Open WTA 500 tournament with a shoulder problem but the world No. 1 is hoping to be fully fit for Wimbledon from Monday 27 June.
Swiatek defeated American Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in the Roland Garros final last week to win her second Grand Slam title after a triumph in Paris in 2020.
However, she is now traveling to Wimbledon without a preparatory tournament.
“Due to recurring problems in my shoulder, I unfortunately have to withdraw from the bett1open in Berlin,” Swiatek tweeted.
“I’m sorry I can’t play there. I’ll focus on recovery and rest to be ready for Wimbledon.”
Swiatek has been in red-hot form lately, having won 35 straight games since Venus Williams in 2000 – making it the longest unbeaten streak this century.
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