Another win in the bag for ‘tired’ Andy Murray as he outlasts Cameron Norrie
It took him nearly three hours, but Andy Murray is into the quarter-final of an ATP Tour event for the first time in over year after he beat Cameron Norrie at the China Open.
After getting the better of world No 13 Matteo Berrettini in two tie-breakers in the first round on Tuesday, Murray followed it up with a three-set win over Norrie.
He had to come from a set down to beat his fellow Brit, but once he got going in the deciding set he produced some of his best tennis to win 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 in two hours and 52 minutes.
3⃣7⃣ shots of fun!
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 2, 2019
Murray broke in game eight of the opening set, but Norrie hit back immediately and then won the tie-breaker.
The British No 3 then found himself 5-2 up in the second set with Murray showing signs of tiredness as he was seen mouthing “I’m f**ked, completely f**ked” to his box.
Norrie then served for the match in game nine, but Murray hung in there and got the break back before levelling it at one set each via the tie-breaker.
It was one-way traffic in the decider as Murray claimed two early breaks to race into 5-0 lead and he wrapped it up with his first match point as he claimed back-to-back singles wins for the first time since returning from hip surgery.
“I was getting tired so I had to change the way the match was going and managed to shorten enough points at the end,” he said after the match.
“Me and Cam practised three or four times together before we came to Asia back home. He was getting the better of me in all the practices as well.
“Also, you know, I was a bit nervous before the match and I think maybe in the first set both of us were quite nervous and then in the second set we were going for the shots a little bit more. It’s always tricky playing someone you know quite well from the same country.”
Top coach explains how Jannik Sinner could replicate Novak Djokovic in big 2024 claim
Jannik Sinner has been backed to have a huge 2024 season and mirror something Novak Djokovic achieved.
Carlos Alcaraz reveals player who remains his idol as he names Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer as inspirations
Carlos Alcaraz has cited both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as inspirations, but one legend is still his hero.
Novak Djokovic approach hailed in Serena Williams comparison by American great’s former coach
Novak Djokovic has been likened to his fellow tennis legend Serena Williams in his approach to the sport.
Emma Raducanu finally confirms when she will make her comeback in 2024
The 21-year-old has not played a match since in April, but she will be back in action next month.
Entry list confirmed for Rafael Nadal’s comeback tournament and he could face an old foe
Rafael Nadal will not be seeded for the event in Brisbane as his ranking has collapsed due to his inactivity over the last year.
Leading coach gives a clinical verdict on the Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner debate
Alcaraz may be keen to avoid a meeting with Sinner at the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic vs Carlos Alcaraz in Saudi Arabia – when it is, what can we expect, how much are they getting paid?
Djokovic and Alcaraz will be joined in Saudi Arabia by WTA Tour stars Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur for exhibition matches.
Rafael Nadal’s alarming update on his comeback plans puts perspective on his ambitions
Nadal has admitted his comeback plans were in the balance for much of the last six months.
The 5 players to win ATP titles without losing a set in 2023: Carlos Alcaraz the only one to do it twice
Here is a look at the six times a player won an ATP title without dropping a set in 2023.
Cameron Norrie exclusive on Novak Djokovic’s improvement, a pizza problem and his worst moment on court
Cameron Norrie gives Tennis365 an insight into his diet, his motivations and more…