Moselle Open: Andy Murray beat Canadian Vasek Pospisil to advance to the last eight in Metz, where he will meet either Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz or Frenchman Lucas Pouille.
Andy Murray advanced to the quarter-finals of the Moselle Open in Metz on Wednesday, defeating Vasek Pospisil 6-3 6-3.
The Scot had won three sets in his first-round match against world No. 26 Ugo Humbert.
Murray, who was beaten in a Challenger last week in Rennes, broke Pospisil in the sixth game of the first set, which he won after the Canadian failed to hold.
Pospisil, who is rated 66 in the ATP rankings, rallied to break the former world No. 1 early in the second set and then held to go up 2-0.
Murray, on the other hand, maintained his composure to stay in the set and eventually even the score at 3-3.
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Murray’s hold kept the pressure on before Pospisil’s unforced blunders prompted the Briton to serve for the match.
Murray took a first match point with a brilliant hold as Pospisil sent another return into the net.
Murray remarked in an Amazon Prime courtside interview, “I was trying to make him work on his service games, and he has a terrific serve, then likes to command with the first ball after.”
“I served quite well, for the most part, lost my rhythm a little at the end of the first set and the beginning of the second, but I returned well and played a smart match.”
“Even when I was down a break, I was still creating opportunities, and after I got back into the second set, I gained a little more confidence and became a little more attacking, and that’s what turned the match for me.”
Andy Murray, who finished second in Metz in 2007, will face either Hubert Hurkacz, the world No. 13 from Poland, or Lucas Pouille, a Frenchman.
Murray, who had taken world number three Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets in the first round of the US Open last open, continued, “This time of the previous few years has been the most I have played actually.”
“My body feels terrific, and with each match, I’m gaining a little more confidence, seeing the points and how I want to play them, which is fantastic.”
“Over the last year, there have been instances when I’ve been perplexed and unable to perceive how the points are progressing, which has always been a strong aspect of my game.”
“It made me feel rather uncomfortable on the court when I was feeling that way, so I’m slowly regaining that confidence, and the results are showing, my tennis is improving.”
“I’d love to get another chance to play here in the final, but there’s a lot of tennis to be played before then, perhaps against the number one seed in the next round,” Murray, 34, said.
“It won’t be easy if I want to make it to the final, but I’m playing well and have a chance.”
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