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Brits on track for a Sydney final meeting

With the Australian Open just around the corner and everyone’s attention focused on a certain Serbian, the preparations of the two Brits, Dan Evans and Andy Murray, have been rather overlooked.

The movement was what I was most pleased with, maybe made a few more errors than I would have liked today, but I thought I moved well Andy Murray

Both are in action at the Sydney Tennis Classic and both have had excellent runs to reach the semi-finals and remain on course for a possible meeting in the final.

Following wins earlier in the week, firstly over Viktor Durasovic (6-3 6-1) and then second seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili (6-7(4) 7-6(3) 6-3), the Georgian he has drawn in the opening round of his AO campaign next week, Murray overran David Goffin, the eighth seed 6-2 in the last eight only for the Belgian to retire with a knee injury.

“He’s missed the last eight months with injury. I believe he had surgery on the elbow. It sucks. The injuries and stuff, as you get older really, they can get you down a little bit, but hopefully, he’s ok,” Murray said.

“The movement was what I was most pleased with, maybe made a few more errors than I would have liked today, but I thought I moved well,” he commented on his own physical condition.


Dan Evans cruises into last four

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Dan Evans meanwhile, later in the day, took out Maxime Cressy, last week’s Melbourne Summer Set finalist, 6-4 7-6(5). Seeded three, Evans had previously beaten Pedro Martinez 6-2 6-3.

For the two Brits to reach the final they must overcome two big hurdles. Aslan Karatsev, the top seed in Evans’ case while the fourth seeded American giant, Reilly Opelka will try to blast Murray off the court.

Commenting on his win over Basilashvili whom he will face again next week, Murray said: “Sometimes it felt I was hitting good serves and he was hitting massive shots. But in these conditions with no wind, he is very comfortable, and he was hitting huge balls one after the other and I was just having to fend them off.

“Yes, I got a lot of free points with my serve. The rallies were on his terms a lot of the time, so I served a bit bigger midway through the second set. When he was serving, I tried to take time away.”





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