Andy Murray to face Nick Kyrgios for place in Boss Open final

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Andy Murray claimed a brilliant win over Stefanos Tsitsipas (Tom Weller/dpa via AP) (AP)
Andy Murray claimed a brilliant win over Stefanos Tsitsipas (Tom Weller/dpa via AP) (AP)

Andy Murray claimed his first victory over a top-five player for more than five years by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the semi-finals of the Boss Open in Stuttgart.

Murray, currently the world number 68, defeated the Greek top seed 7-6 (4) 6-3 in one hour and 40 minutes to set up a last-four clash with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.

It is the first time Murray has beaten a player ranked in the world’s top five since victory over Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals in 2016.

The 35-year-old Scot saved a set point at 5-6 in the opener before sealing it on a tie-break and broke Tsitsipas to move 4-2 up in the second on his way to clinching an impressive win on his third match point.

It was a demonstration of Murray’s prowess on grass and cemented his status as one of the most dangerous unseeded players when the Wimbledon draw is made in a fortnight.

Murray’s only previous meeting with Tsitsipas was in the first round of the US Open last year, when he led by two sets to one only to lose in five.

Andy Murray came through in one hour and 40 minutes (Nigel French/PA) (PA Wire)
Andy Murray came through in one hour and 40 minutes (Nigel French/PA) (PA Wire)

Murray said in his on-court interview: “It was an amazing atmosphere. Almost full crowd. Beautiful weather today, really nice conditions to play tennis. I thought I did well. He served unbelievably in the first set.

“I felt like I had very few chances, but when he was creating chances on my serve, I stayed strong. I played a really solid tie-break and in the second set, once I was in the rallies, I felt like I was dictating a lot of the points. It was a good performance.”

World number 78 Kyrgios, who skipped the whole clay-court season, progressed after Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics retired while trailing 7-6 (3) 3-0 to set up another intriguing clash.

The Australian and Murray are good friends despite their very different characters, and the Scot has won five of their previous six meetings.

Nick Kyrgios set up a clash with Andy Murray (Tom Weller/dpa via AP) (AP)
Nick Kyrgios set up a clash with Andy Murray (Tom Weller/dpa via AP) (AP)

Kyrgios said: “I know what to expect but he also is a veteran on the grass and I don’t want to take him lightly at all. I’m just going to go out there, serve big, look after my serve and see what I can do on his return games.”

The other semi-final pits last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini, who is making his return from injury, against German Oscar Otte.

At the Libema Open in the Netherlands, world number two Daniil Medvedev will take on France’s Adrian Mannarino in the last four while second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime meets local wild card Tim Van Rijthoven.

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