Nottingham (UK), June 17 – Former world No. 1 Andy Murray handed a stern check from Dominic Stricker to achieve the semi-final of Nottingham Open, right here.
The Scot Murray is but to drop a set this week after defeating Stricker 7-6(2), 7-5 within the Rothesay Open quarter-finals on Friday.
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, he 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 as we speak in opposition to among the finest younger gamers on the earth.He has a very good recreation, large photographs from the again of the court docket but in addition a very nice contact up on the internet,” Murray mentioned in his on-court interview.
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“I assumed within the first-set tie-break I performed very well, and 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 variety of possibilities. That’s the most effective I’ve performed throughout the final two weeks by way of how I hit the ball and that was actually optimistic,” he added.
The three-time main champion has received 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.