Former World No.1, Andy Murray claimed his second top 10 win on Wednesday with a straight-sets victory over top-seeded Jannik Sinner in the Round of 16 clash at the Stockholm Open 2021. Murray was elated after this win as he finally crossed the second-round hurdle.
34 years of age with a metal hip and he’s beaten the World No.10 and top seed Jannik Sinner in straight sets. Seems like Andy Murray isn’t finished yet. Murray had also defeated recently promoted World No.9 from Poland, Hubert Hurkacz, in Vienna. The three-time Major winner has got the better off two top 10 players in the span of two weeks. This feat perhaps would matter more than one can imagine for the Brit who has been struggling to find form since his hip injuries since Roland Garros 2016 semifinal.
“I want to keep it going now” – Andy Murray
Murray broke the 20-year-old Italian, twice in the second set on his way to victory. In the opener, he took his first set point after having saved the only breakpoint. Speaking more about his win over Sinner, “Obviously if I want to move back up the rankings and have good runs in tournaments again I need to win these matches. I want to have a deep run here. But it’s probably my best win this season. I want to keep it going now,” Murray said during on-court interview.
“I’ve played a lot of guys ranked between three or four in the world to 15 or 16 and I’ve won a couple of them this year but I’ve lost quite a few. It’s good to turn those matches around and now I’m in the quarters and I want to have a deep run here,” said Murray.
The 34-year-old added: “Ideally you want to have a longer-term view on things, it’s a bit better in terms of how you improve and how you view results, but I’m also aware that another injury could mean the end. So I want to try and make the most of every single week and be as competitive as I can whilst I’m still able. Every week is important to me right now”, said the 143rd ranked Murray.
Murray, will now face Tommy Paul of the United States for a place in the last-four. Paul defeated American compatriot and fifth seed Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4. The Brit has reached just his second ATP Tour quarter-finals in the last two years.