Andy Murray’s Metz run was brought to an end by the top seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who after a tight first set, eased himself into the Moselle Open semi-finals 7-6(4) 6-3.
That’s why I am still playing. I have little goals — to get to 700 wins on tour. I’m not particularly interested in losing and playing well Andy Murray
Disappointment for Murray as the former world number one failed to make the last four having reached that stage of an ATP event for the first time since Antwerp, October 2019.
However Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer on his way to the Wimbledon semi-finals last July, was complimentary of the 34-year-old Brit who is still fighting to regain the form which saw him rise to the top of the world rankings.
“Andy is an unbelievable competitor, he has achieved so much throughout his career,” Hurkacz said.
“He is coming back from a tough injury and playing at a very high level, so he is amazing and you can be inspired by his results.”
The injuries referred to are of course the now well documented hip operations he has undergone in the last three years which has seen his ranking drop to his current 113.
“My goal is not to get back into the top 100. I want to get back into the top 10. In general, I don’t really understand the importance given to this top 100 milestone,” Murray, who would have returned to the top 100 had he beaten the Pole, said on Friday.
He has set himself goals though his priority is to get his body back in shape and used to playing matches but to that end, has to win them.
One of his goals is to reach 700 match wins before he brings the curtain down on his career.
“There are two things that matter, your effort and your attitude,” Murray told Tennishead. “Which is probably number one, as that’s what you can control.
“Winning is what sport is all about, and if you can play great whilst doing that even better. But if you can’t, and you don’t play your best, then winning is a great feeling.
“That’s why I am still playing. I have little goals — to get to 700 wins on tour. I’m not particularly interested in losing and playing well”.
The 24-year-old Hurkacz will next face Peter Gojowczyk after the German qualifier moved past American Marcos Giron 3-6 6-1 6-3
The second semi-final features Gael Monfils and Pablo Carreno Busta the Frenchman seeded three, having dispatched Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-3 and the second seeded Spaniard holding off a strong challenge from the Danish teenager Holger Rune 6-4 3-6 6-4.