Andy Murray takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open. Murray defeated Alexander Bublik 6-3, 7-6 in the previous round after knocking out Australian qualifier Christopher O’Connell for the first time, impressing with his serve as he made his way to Wimbledon.
Murray broke up in the second, Bublik recovered from an erratic start to lead 5-2 and force Murray to save set points, with two consecutive aces to seal the hold after a lengthy service game. From there, Murray immediately broke Bublik and forced the tiebreak, where he played some of his best tennis of the second set to beat the world No. 44 in the world 7-5 in the decider. “I felt I was playing well towards the finish,” Murray said afterwards. “I feel good, I moved well on the field and hopefully I can play better tennis by the weekend.”
But in the Greek 23-year-old Tstitsipas, the current number 4 in the world, Murray faces a very different challenge. Tsitsipas leads the way in Stuttgart, although he needed a tiebreak in the third set in the previous round to get past Switzerland’s Dominic Stricker. Follow the latest score and all the action below.
Sonego beats caps
Matteo Berrettini beats Lorenzo Sonego 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 after a decent battle. The number 2 will be relieved to have reached the semi-finals.
Lawrence OstlereJune 10, 2022 13:59
Harriet Dart hits goal in Nottingham and reaches first quarterfinal WTA
The latest from Nottingham, where Britain’s Harriet Dart saved three match points yesterday and reached her first WTA quarter-final with a dramatic tiebreaker win over Italy’s third seed Camila Giorgi at the Rothesay Open.
On another rain-ravaged day, Dart returned to court with a one-set tie, with the world No. 26 having reached the level before play was interrupted on Wednesday.
With a tense decider still on serve, the 25-year-old was about to leave the competition trailing 40-0 in the 10th game, but she dug in to end up going 5-7 6-4 7-6. win (3) and claim a personal milestone.
Her reward for a grueling victory, which took two hours and 34 minutes in two days, is a meeting in the last eighth with sixth-seeded American Alison Riske, who defeated 2019 champion Caroline Garcia 6-4 7-5.
“I can’t quite believe I saved those three match points,” Dart told the LTA.
“I really have to thank the crowd, because they got me through it. This is my first quarter-final, so to be at a home tournament is special.”
Lawrence OstlereJune 10, 2022 13:33
Berrettini takes control against Sonego
Matteo Berrettini has seen the second set against Lorenzo Sonego and they are in the third and final set – and Berrettini has made the early break.
Lawrence OstlereJune 10, 2022 13:28
On this day in 2016
This may be five days old, but who’s counting…
Andy Murray suffered his eighth Grand Slam final defeat when Novak Djokovic finally took the French Open title, securing his place in the highest pantheon of tennis to this day in 2016.
The world No. 1 became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four trophies simultaneously after a 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory in his fourth final at Roland Garros.
To achieve something that even Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal failed in the same era is truly remarkable and, after winning his 12th Slam title, Djokovic came within five of Federer’s record.
It was a feeling all too familiar for Murray, as high expectations gave way to helplessness in the face of Djokovic’s brilliance, with five of his last defeats against the man he first encountered as an 11-year-old.
The Scotsman, the first Briton in 79 years to reach the final in Paris, fought for all he was worth in the fourth set, but had no answer in the end.
Lawrence OstlereJune 10, 2022 13:13
Berrettini fights back against Sonego
Game on, now at the Center Court in Stuttgart, as number 2 Matteo Berrettini fights back to 6-3, 2-5 against Lorenzo Sonego.
Lawrence OstlereJune 10, 2022 13:06
Murray’s trip to Stuttgart so far
The Scotsman is on his way to Germany for his first ATP Tour event of the season on grass and then faces top class Stefanos Tsitsipas after knocking out Kazakh Bublik 6-3, 7-6(4).
Murray had to work hard in the second set after dropping his serve twice in a row, but saved two set points at 2-5 and two more games later before winning five of the last six points in the tie-break.
It was a third meeting between the three-time grand slam champion and 42nd-ranked Bublik this season, with Murray taking a 2-1 lead.
Bublik is known as one of the more flamboyant players on tour, and Murray said in his on-court interview: “He’s predictable in his unpredictability. You are prepared for some great shots and maybe some casual games.
“Today he played some great things for five or six games in the second set and everything worked out. I got a little frustrated, but I kept fighting, played a difficult match 5-2 and then I thought I played well until the finish. †
Lawrence OstlereJune 10, 2022 12:44 pm
Murray’s trip to Stuttgart so far
Andy Murray started his campaign at the Stuttgart Open with a win over Australian Christopher O’Connell.
The two-time Wimbledon champion lost in the semi-finals of the second-tier Challenger event at Surbiton last week and headed to Germany to continue his grass-field season.
He lost the first three games to O’Connell, but recovered strongly to take a 6-4, 6-3 win and reach the second round.
Murray could have made a quick rematch with Denis Kudla, the player he lost to in Surbiton, but the American fell in straight sets to seventh seed Alexander Bublik, 7-6(3), 7-5.
Lawrence OstlereJune 10, 2022 12:35 PM
Matteo Berrettini under pressure
Currently on the track is the number two Matteo Berrettini, who loses 5-3 to Lorenzo Sonego in the first set of their quarterfinals. They are on the other side of the draw for Murray and Tsitsipas – if Murray wins, he could face Nick Krygios in the semi-finals.
Lawrence OstlereJune 10, 2022 12:32 PM
Murray and Tsitsipas share tense history
Murray and Tsitsipas have history. They’ve only played once, but it was a fiery match at last year’s US Open. Murray led two sets to one before the Greek roared back to win in five.
Tensions mounted, however, when Tsitsipas took a toilet break eight minutes before the start of the fifth set and immediately broke a furious Murray. He capped off a 2-6, 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in just under five hours.
Murray, who could be heard yelling “it’s cheating” at his box during the final set, condemned the long break as “nonsense” and said he had lost respect for his opponent.
“It’s not so much about getting out of court. It’s the amount of time,” Murray said. “It’s nonsense and he knows it. That’s annoying to me because it sounds like sour grapes because you lost a game. I would have said the same if I had won, I promise.
“It’s just disappointing because I think it affected the outcome of the game. I’m not saying I necessarily win that game, but it did affect what happened after those breaks.”
But Tsitsipas denied bending the rules. “If he has to tell me something, we have to talk, the two of us, to understand a little bit what went wrong. I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines, how everything is. I don’t know how my opponent feels when I play the match. It’s not really my priority.
“As far as I stick to the rules and what the ATP says is fair, the rest is fine. I have nothing against him. Nothing.”
Lawrence OstlereJune 10, 2022 12:20 PM
Stefanos Tsitsipas is number 1 seed
But in the Greek 23-year-old Tstitsipas, the current number 4 in the world, Murray faces a very different challenge. Tsitsipas leads the way in Stuttgart, although he needed a tiebreak in the third set in the previous round to get past Switzerland’s Dominic Stricker.
Lawrence OstlereJune 10, 2022 12:12 PM