Newport | Bublik ousts Murray from Rhode Island

Britain’s three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray’s run at the Hall of Fame Open in Rhode Island, Newport, was brought to an end at the quarterfinal stage by the third seeded Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan 7-5 6-4.

World number 42, Bublik, fired 12 aces against five double faults to defeat the 35-year-old Scotsman in the grass-court event and line up a semi-final clash with the 102nd ranked Australian Jason Kubler, a 7-5 7-6(3) winner over compatriot James Duckworth who reaches the last four of a Tour event for the first time.

Murray, ranked 52nd, was chasing a 47th career title while Bublik, 25, won his first at Montpellier last February.

Murray’s first double fault gave Bublik the match’s first break point, which he converted with a backhand winner for a 6-5 lead, then held with a service winner to claim the first set after 57-minutes.

The Scot double faulted again to concede another break to open the second set but broke back immediately to level at 1-1 following a successful challenge when a Bublik shot was ruled out.

After a foot fault call which irritated Bublik, he broke again for a 4-3 lead and held twice to take the victory after one hour and 47-minutes to record his second victory over the Brit in five meetings.

“It’s great to be in the semi-finals again,” Bublik said. “I don’t have any tournaments the next two or three weeks so I’m engaged. I want to get as many matches as I can.”

Americans John Isner and Maxime Cressy meet in Saturday’s other semi-final.



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