Andy Murray beats Hubert Hurkacz at Erste Bank Open in Vienna for his first top 10 win of season | Tennis News


Andy Murray stays good at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna as he defeats Poland’s world No 10 Hubert Hurkacz in three gruelling units; Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz will get the higher of Dan Evans to disclaim an all-British second spherical conflict

Last Updated: 25/10/21 9:24pm

Relief for Andy Murray as he got the better of world No 10 Hubert Hurkacz at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna

Relief for Andy Murray as he acquired the higher of world No 10 Hubert Hurkacz at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna

Andy Murray acquired the higher of world No 10 Hubert Hurkacz at the third time of asking in 2021 after a gruelling three-set victory in the first spherical of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

Having already misplaced to the Pole in Cincinnati and Metz this 12 months, the previous world No 1 confirmed how far he has come in current months with an outstanding 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 victory in Austria on Monday.

“It’s a good feeling,” Murray mentioned. “It was obviously a very tight match which could have gone either way. I had some chances in the second set but didn’t get it and then the third set I was obviously a break down and he’s not an easy guy to break, especially indoors.

“Thankfully I managed to get the break again in the following sport and from there most likely deserved to recover from the road. It was an excellent win in powerful circumstances.”

Murray, who said he wanted to be more “clinical and ruthless” when the opportunities arise against the best players, was forced into saving two break point chances in the third game before he made inroads into the Pole’s own serve six games later.

The 34-year-old went on to take his set point chance in which he won 20 out of 25 points on serve.

Hurkacz had Murray on the ropes in the sixth game of the second set, but the Scot fended off four break point opportunities, showing his battling qualities to stay on terms.

He then showed just how much his fitness has improved after chasing down a lost cause before flashing a forehand running passing shot down the line. Hurkacz dug in, though, and upped his level to save two break points for a big hold for 4-3.

The set went all the way and while Murray could not take a match point chance in the tie-break, Hurkacz took his set point to level things up.

The pair traded early breaks in the deciding set before the three-time Grand Slam champion broke for a 4-2 lead.

And despite a few nerves Murray managed to get over the winning line with an ace on his third match point in two hours and 41 minutes to set up a clash against Carlos Alcaraz.

Speaking about his movement, Murray added: “I believe that is one thing that with every match I’ve began to do some bit higher with. Quite a bit of my motion is about anticipation and whenever you’re not taking part in many matches like I’ve in the previous couple of years you are simply not fairly studying the play as effectively.

“Now with each match and each week that I’m playing, I’m starting to see the ball a bit earlier and starting to react a little bit quicker. That means I’m going to chase more balls down and move a little bit better. That’s a huge part of my game. I need it.”

Dan Evans fell in straight sets to talented Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz

Dan Evans fell in straight units to gifted Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz

Spaniard Alcaraz denied Dan Evans an all-British showdown with Murray after a cushty 6-4 6-3 victory.

Evans acquired off to the worst doable begin, going 2-0 down after being damaged in his first service sport and though he acquired issues again degree at 2-2 following a direct break, two extra service breaks noticed his Spanish opponent take the first set.

The roles have been reversed in the second set as world No 24 Evans took an early 2-0 lead however from 3-1 up he misplaced the following 5 video games to 18-year-old Alcaraz to lose in an hour.

Murray, who defeated Alcaraz at Indian Wells earlier this month, admitted being cautious of the gifted teenager, saying: “He’s a great young player with a lot of potential. He hits a huge ball from the back of the court. He’s an excellent player and I will need to play another good match if I want to win.”

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