Tennis News: After his opponent, David Goffin retired mid-match at the Sydney Tennis Classic, Andy Murray has reached his first ATP Tour semi-final since 2019.
Murray won the first set 6-2 against Goffin before withdrawing from the match just a game later after seeking treatment for the back of his knee.
Goffin, who missed the final four months of the 2021 season due to a knee ailment, had tweaked the injury against Denis Kudla in the previous round and watched the situation worsen against Murray.
“It’s been a long time for me,” Murray admitted. “In the previous few months, I’ve been getting closer, as seen by my results.” So it’s advantageous to arrive so early in the season. Hopefully, I can continue to improve from here and have a successful year.
“I’d like to try to win tournaments once more.” One of the reasons I continue to play is that I believe I am still capable of doing so. I’m just a few matches away from winning another one, and I’ll give it my all to do so.”
The last time the Scot earned a hat-trick on the European Tour was at the European Open in Antwerp in October of this year, when he won his only championship since his hip problems began two years ago.
Murray will face Reilly Opelka of the United States, who defeated Brandon Nakashima 7-6(4) 6-2 in the last four. Top-seeded Russian Aslan Karatsev also advanced to the next round, overcoming a stiff challenge from Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.
In the first set, the Russian scarcely broke a sweat against the fifth seed. In the second set, Sonego found his serve to force a decider. Karatsev, on the other hand, made some tweaks to his return game during the break and was able to win 6-2 3-6 6-2.
Karatsev will now face British No. 2 Dan Evans, who defeated Maxime Cressy 6-4, 7-6 in a hard-fought match.
Nobody wants to play Murray, says Castle
Murray will play Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round of the Australian Open, a rematch of their dramatic three-set encounter earlier this week in Sydney, with former Australian Open semi-finalist Andrew Castle backing Murray to shine in the year’s first Grand Slam.
Castle told Sky Sports News, “He’s a five-time finalist at the Australian Open and is clearly completely motivated to be out there.” “He fought Nikoloz Basilashvili, who is one of the hardest-hitting guys out there, and Murray is a terrific counter-puncher, so they’ve already had a spectacular bout and will have another in the near future.”
“It’s impossible to expect Andy to win this tournament, but no one wants to play him.” He may win one round, two rounds, or three rounds, but once he gets his teeth into it, he understands how to get the job done.
“You have to admire the guy for still being out there and not hobbling.” Who would refuse him a spot if he wants to play and believes he can win?!”
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