Andy Murray advances to first grass singles final since winning Wimbledon in 2016 after beating Australian Nick Kyrgios; it was a landmark victory for the Scotsman as he reaches a 70th career final and his 10th on grass, where he has an almost flawless record of 8-1 in the final
Last update: 06/11/22 5:48 p.m.
Andy Murray reached his first grass-court final in six years after beating Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in Stuttgart on Saturday.
Murray, who earned his first victory over a top-five player in over five years by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals, continued his superb run in Germany by showing his prowess on grass by beating Australian Kyrgios.
“It’s been a long time since the last final [on grass]. Lots of ups and downs but I kept going and kept working and finally got through another one,” Murray said during his on-court interview after improving his grass record at 114-23 “I’m proud of the effort I put in.
“I was just a little more solid in the tie-break. I asked the questions. On these courts, when it’s fast, the set often comes down to one or two points and I was a little more sure at the end match. the first set.”
1D: O’Connell 6-4 6-3
2D: Bublik 6-3 7-6 (7-4)
QF: Tsitsipas 7-6 (7-4) 6-3
SF: Kyrgios 7-6 (7-5) 6-2
The first set went with a serve before Murray took it with his second set point of the tiebreak.
A frustrated Kyrgios, who skipped the entire season on clay, broke his racket in anger and earned himself a penalty point after losing the set and he was still furious when the second set started as the double faults allowed Murray to break for the first time. in the contest.
The Aussie, who was constantly complaining to the referee, was then given a game penalty and he refused to continue playing, sitting in his chair until the supervisor came out and convinced him to end the game.
But by then the world No. 78 had lost focus and made numerous mistakes as Murray quickly wrapped up the second set and sealed his place in the final on his second match point when Kyrgios’ return found the net .
The 35-year-old Scotsman will be aiming for a ninth career title on grass when he faces Matteo Berretini in Sunday’s final after the Italian beat Germany’s Oscar Otte 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-5) to reach his first round-level final of the season.
“I’m really happy. Getting to the tournament was the goal [to reach the final]”, Berrettini said. “Thinking about it and realizing it, it’s a big difference. I’m happy to be here and to have another chance to play another final after months without playing and after the first big operation of my career.
“It means it’s my level and I proved once again that I’m comfortable at this level and on this surface. I really like it here in Stuttgart.”
Murray, currently world No. 68, will move to No. 47 in the ATP Live Rankings following his win over Kyrgios.
The three-time Grand Slam winner also reached the league game in Sydney in January, with his last tour-level title in 2019 in Antwerp.
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