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Andy Murray stays good on the Erste Financial institution 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

Final Up to date: 25/10/21 9:24pm

Reduction for Andy Murray as he acquired the higher of world No 10 Hubert Hurkacz on the Erste Financial institution Open in Vienna

Andy Murray acquired the higher of world No 10 Hubert Hurkacz on the third time of asking in 2021 after a gruelling three-set victory within the first spherical of the Erste Financial institution 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 are available in current months with an outstanding 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 victory in Austria on Monday.

“It is a good feeling,” Murray stated. “It was clearly a really tight match which might have gone both manner. I had some possibilities within the second set however did not get it after which the third set I used to be clearly a break down and he is not a straightforward man to interrupt, particularly indoors.

“Fortunately I managed to get the break again within the subsequent sport and from there most likely deserved to recover from the road. It was a great win in robust circumstances.”

Murray, who stated he wished to be extra “clinical and ruthless” when the alternatives come up in opposition to the very best gamers, was compelled into saving two break level possibilities within the third sport earlier than he made inroads into the Pole’s personal serve six video games later.

The 34-year-old went on to take his set level likelihood during which he gained 20 out of 25 factors on serve.

Hurkacz had Murray on the ropes within the sixth sport of the second set, however the Scot fended off 4 break level alternatives, displaying his battling qualities to remain on phrases.

He then confirmed simply how a lot his health has improved after chasing down a misplaced trigger earlier than flashing a forehand working passing shot down the road. Hurkacz dug in, although, and upped his stage to avoid wasting two break factors for an enormous maintain for 4-3.

The set went all the way in which and whereas Murray couldn’t take a match level likelihood within the tie-break, Hurkacz took his set level to stage issues up.

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

And regardless of a couple of nerves Murray managed to recover from the successful line with an ace on his third match level in two hours and 41 minutes to arrange a conflict in opposition to Carlos Alcaraz.

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

“Now with every match and every week that I am taking part in, I am beginning to see the ball a bit earlier and beginning to react a bit bit faster. Which means I’ll chase extra balls down and transfer a bit bit higher. That is an enormous a part of my sport. I want it.”

Dan Evans fell in straight sets to talented Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz

Dan Evans fell in straight units to proficient 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 potential begin, going 2-0 down after being damaged in his first service sport and though he acquired issues again stage at 2-2 following an instantaneous break, two extra service breaks noticed his Spanish opponent take the primary set.

The roles have been reversed within 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 proficient teenager, saying: “He is an amazing younger participant with a variety of potential. He hits an enormous ball from the again of the court docket. He is a wonderful participant and I might want to play one other good match if I need to win.”

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