Andy Murray Reaches Nottingham Challenger SFs | ATP Tour


Andy Murray handed a stern take a look at from #NextGenATP Swiss Dominic Stricker on Friday to succeed in the semi-finals on the ATP Challenger Tour 125 occasion in Nottingham.

The Scot is but to drop a set this week after defeating Stricker 7-6(2), 7-5 within the Rothesay Open quarter-finals. Murray misplaced only one level behind his first serve within the opening set to realize a bonus on the 20-year-old. Regardless of trailing 1-3 within the second set, Murray fought again and earned a decisive break within the eleventh recreation earlier than closing out the match in a single hour, 48 minutes.

“Actually, actually tight match in the present day towards among the best younger gamers on this planet,” Murray stated in his on-court interview. “He has a very good recreation, large photographs from the again of the court docket but additionally very nice contact up on the web.

“I believed within the first-set tie-break I performed very well, got here up with some actually good passing photographs to get me that tie-break. Within the second set, I feel once I broke again instantly when he went 3-1 up, I feel it gave me the momentum again and I felt like I used to be creating a number of probabilities. That is the most effective I’ve performed throughout the final two weeks when it comes to how I hit the ball and that was actually constructive.”

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The three-time main champion has gained 13 of his previous 14 Challenger-level matches, together with title runs in Aix-en-Provence and final week in Surbiton. The 36-year-old will subsequent face Nuno Borges, who cruised previous Japan’s Sho Shimabukuro 6-4, 6-4. Borges earned his largest profession title earlier this season, when he triumphed on the premiere Challenger 175 occasion in Phoenix.

In different Nottingham motion, French qualifier Arthur Cazaux superior to the semi-finals after ousting Gabriel Diallo 7-6(2), 7-5 and Dominik Koepfer moved previous wild card George Loffhagen 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.


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