Andy Murray defeats top seed Jannik Sinner in straight sets at the Stockholm Open to reach his SECOND ATP Tour quarter-final in the past two years.
- Andy Murray defeated Italian Jannik Sinner in the knockout stages of the Stockholm Open
- The Brit broke the top seed twice in the second set on his way to victory.
- Murray is testing out Jo Konta’s former Spanish coach Esteban Carril this week
Andy Murray produced one of his best performances since hip surgery to defeat top seed Jannik Sinner and reach the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open.
Murray had lost a succession of close matches with the top 20 players before defeating then-world number 10 Hubert Hurkacz in Vienna a fortnight ago.
Italian Sinner has the same ranking and one of the hottest young prospects in the game, but Murray produced a clean and impressive display, breaking his 20-year-old opponent twice in the second set en route to 7-6 (4). 6 -3 trump.
Andy Murray (left) defeated top seed Jannik Sinner (right) in the Round of 16 at the Stockholm Open
The Briton achieved his second ATP Tour quarter-final in the past two years.
Murray, who is testing a new coach this week at Spaniard Esteban Carril, has played a series of long tiebreaks recently, but here he took his first set point after saving the only break point from a long first.
He then broke Sinner, who narrowly missed a spot in next week’s ATP Finals, to lead 2-1 in the second and kept the pressure on his young opponent until the very end.
This will be only Murray’s second ATP Tour quarter-final in the past two years and victory over American Tommy Paul would place him in the bottom four at this level for the first time since his title in Antwerp in 2019.
The former British No. 1 took his first set point after saving the only break point from a first pitch
Italian Sinner ran out of a spot at next week’s ATP Finals in Turin
The Scotsman was joined in the quarterfinals by British number two Dan Evans, who returned to winning ways with victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Evans had lost his opener in his last two tournaments, but was in good shape against Spaniard Davidovich Fokina, rebounding from a 4-2 deficit in the first set to win 7-6 (5) 6-2.
Fourth-seeded Evans will face U.S. eighth-seeded Frances Tiafoe, who defeated Pedro Martinez 6-4, 6-4.
Murray and Evans could meet in the semifinals.
Murray is testing out fellow British Johanna Konat’s former coach, Esteban Carril (right) this week