Andy Murray frustrates Nick Kyrgios in Stuttgart Open as Scot books his place in final

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After struggling with injury and consistency during the first few months of 2022, Andy Murray is hitting form just in time for Wimbledon. The 35-year-old had already dispatched Alexander Bublik and Stefanos Tsitsipas when he took to the court to face Nick Kyrgios on Saturday afternoon, and another masterful display on grass means Murray has now booked his place in the tournament's final. A closely-fought first set was edged by Murray in a tie-break, but the former world No.1 enjoyed a much more dominant second set, earning him a 7-6(4) 6-2 win over Kyrgios.

Murray's grit and experience was on show in the opening set, and his triumph in the tie-break resulted in Kyrgios slamming his racket against the ground before verbally showing his frustration. The 27-year-old was first warned by the umpire and handed a point penalty, but his frustration poured over into the start of the second set, and after Murray earned an early break, Kyrgios was handed further punishment with a game penalty. With Murray already boasting a two-game advantage, he did well to remain composed and pick apart a rage-fuelled Kyrgios.

Having now booked his spot in the final, Murray can look forward to Sunday's showpiece against Matteo Berrettini. Victory against the Italian would see Murray seeded for Wimbledon later this month. "It has been a long time since the last final [on grass]. A lot of ups and downs, but I kept going and kept working and finally managed to get to another one," Murray said in his on-court interview after he improved his record on grass to 114-23. "I am proud of the effort I have put in. "I was just a little more solid in the tie-break. I asked the questions. On these courts, when it is playing quick, the set often comes down to one or two points and I was a little more secure at the end of the first set."

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