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Stuttgart Open: Andy Murray rolls back clock to stun Stefanos Tsitsipas, clinch first top 5 win since 2016

Andy Murray registered his first win over a top 5 player since 2016 as the former World No. 1 defeated top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the semi-final of the BOSS Open in Stuttgart.

Stuttgart Open: Andy Murray stuns Stefanos Tsitsipas to clinch first top 5 win in 6 years (AP Photo)


  • Murray defeated Tsitsipas 7-6, 6-3 in the quarter-final
  • It was Murray’s first top 5 win since 2016
  • Murray will face NIck Kyrgios in Saturday’s semi-final

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray took fans down memory lane on Friday as he stunned World No. 5 and top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the quarter-final of the BOSS Open in Stuttgart. The 35-year-old needed an hour and 40 minutes to outclass the Greek star and register his first win over a top 5 player since beating Novak Djokovic at ATP Finals in 2016.

Andy Murray upped his preparation for Wimbledon 2022, starting later in June, by flaunting his grass-court mastery against Tsitsipas. Murray wonderfully used his backhand slices to control the rallies and outsmarted Tsitsipas 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Murray will face Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the semi-final of the ATP 250 tournament in Stuttgart on Saturday, June 11.

Murray, who has been bogged down by hip injury concerns over the years, looked comfortable on the court as he dominated the French Open finalist from 2021.

Murray remained guarded as he stressed that he was able to use his strength on grass court better than Tsitsipas who is still struggling to find his feet on grass.

“I don’t want to say I was the smarter player, but maybe this surface suits my style. Stefanos plays well on all surfaces but this works really nicely for my game and I’m able to use my strengths better,” Murray said.

The 2-time Wimbledon will look to make the most of his form at the grass-court major which will be without ranking points but a huge prize money. Murray, who had reached the third round in Wimbledon last year, did not play French Open last month after having reached the second round at Australian Open.

Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios progressed to the semi-final after Marton Fucsovics had to withdraw during the second set of their quarterfinal. Kyrgios was leading 7-6 (3), 3-0 at the time.

In the other half ot the men’s singles draw, Matteo Berrettini defeated Italian compatriot Lorenzo Sonego 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-final. The comeback man will face local favourite Oscar Otte in the last-four match.

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