Former World No. 1 Andy Murray started off in an emphatic fashion in the Stockholm Open. He defeated top-seeded Jannik Sinner in an entertaining encounter and his fans were hoping that he will continue to play in the coming games as well. However, his journey was halted by Tommy Paul in the quarter-final.
Murray started off slowly and was looking a little exhausted. He lost the first set but made an incredible comeback in the second set. However, Murray was cornered in the deciding set and Tommy eventually ended up winning the encounter which lasted for two hours and 15 minutes.
‘I was on the back foot in most of the rallies’: Andy Murray
Tommy was elated after the win and claimed that Murray is indeed a legend and added that he played his best to go past the Brit. On the other hand, Murray said that he didn’t play as well against Paul as he played against Sinner. “I don’t feel frustrated but I didn’t play as well as yesterday,” he said.
“I didn’t hit the ball well and was on the back foot in most of the rallies. I think I did well to get myself into a position to maybe turn the match around and I was pleased with that but in the third set I didn’t serve well or return well,” Murray claimed.
The Brit stated that it was always going to be difficult to win the deciding set and added that he was really battling towards the end of the game. “It was always going to be difficult to win the final set that way. I was just battling, I didn’t play so well. But that’s the first time since February where I’ve played three consecutive days of matches. My body felt pretty good, so that was positive,” he said.
Murray again started another tournament on a high but unfortunately ended it sooner than expected. Nevertheless, the former World No. 1 is expected to make a strong comeback in the coming tournaments.