JawaPos.com – Andy Murray reached his first quarter-finals in six months after beating Alexander Bublik 6-3, 7-6(7/4) at the Stuttgart Open grasscourt tournament on Thursday. time.
Murray won the opening set against the Kazakhs but had to come from 2-5 down in the second set to take the win.
The former world number one said his confidence had increased after beating Bublik in a match that lasted 1 hour 25 minutes.
“It’s great to be back in this phase (quarter-finals),” said Murray, who will face top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the semifinals.
“It was a solid win and I will be fighting to reach the semifinals.”
“In the second set, I was frustrated, I thought about what I could do to make a difference.”
“He made some great hits… Some of his punches fell unexpectedly.”
Murray’s last appearance in the quarter-finals was in January in Sydney.
With a win over Tsitsipas on Friday, Murray will move closer to returning to the top 50 for the first time in more than four years.
But the struggle will not be easy. Tsitsipas is a young tennis player on the rise.
In his previous bout, he dominated former French Open champion Dominic Stricker 6-3, 6-4.
In the last meeting between the two, Tsitsipas was able to win the match against Murray last August in the first round of the US Open grand slam.