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Antwerp | Murray cruises through to last eight

Antwerp | Murray cruises through to last eight

At the start of the week, Andy Murray revealed he would be rushing back to London on news of his wife Kim going into labour with their third child. So far all is quiet on that front as the Scot slipped easily into the last eight of the European Open in Antwerp after a day’s rest from his opening round victory.

I thought I served quite well for most of the match, and, when I was able to get into the baseline rallies, I felt I was hitting the ball quite clean, which is good Andy Murray

Murray beat Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 6-4 6-3 to reach his second quarter final in three weeks securing his seventh win in 14 matches since his return to singles play in Cincinnati as he continues to work his way back to full form following career-saving hip surgery last January.

Cuevas fended off seven break points in the opening set before the former world number one eventually broke him in the 10th game to pocket the first set.

The Uruguayan, ranked 48 and seeded 8th, failed to convert any of the four break points he held in the opening game of the second set with the Scot getting his second break in the sixth game to seal the match in 64-minutes.

“I thought I served quite well for most of the match, and, when I was able to get into the baseline rallies, I felt I was hitting the ball quite clean, which is good. He served very well, which made it difficult for me to get the breaks, but I thought for me it was a good match”, Murray, currently ranked 243, said later.

The Scot will take on Romanian qualifier Marius Copil, who battled past Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4 5-7 7-6(7) hitting 13 aces in the process.

In other matches Italian teenager Jannik Sinner dumped out top seed and 2018 runner-up Gael Monfils 6-3 6-2 to reach his first ATP quarter-final.

Next up for the 18-year-old Sinner is American Frances Tiafoe, a straight-sets winner over seventh-seeded German Jan-Lennard Struff.

“I played a very solid game. He didn’t play his best tennis for sure. It’s not easy if you make the final the year before and then to come here to play a young player and wild card,” world number 119 Sinner said.

“I think I played solid today. I served good on the important points and I think that was the key today.”

On the bottom half of the draw French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert cruised past David Goffin 6-3 6-1 in 68 minutes boosting his chance to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.


  1. Valerie Martin

    Good luck both on the court in the quarter finals, and with the birth of your third child too 🤗😘😘🧸


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