Andy Murray continues to make strides. The 34-year-old reached the Metz quarterfinals today getting past Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-3 in France.
Murray is into his first ATP level quarterfinal in almost two years since his 2019 Antwerp title run.
“I was trying to make him work a lot on his own service games,” Murray said after the win over the PTPA’s No. 2. “He’s got an excellent serve and likes to dictate with the first ball after the serve, so I was trying to focus on getting lots of returns back and then when I got the opportunity on the second serve, try and put some pressure on him. I think I did that well.”
In his opener, Murray upset Ugo Humbert from a set down for his third win over a Top 30 player since the tour restarted last August.
“This period has been the most tournaments I’ve played [recently] and my body feels good and I’m starting to gain just a little bit of confidence with each match,” Murray said on court. “Starting to see the points and how I want to play them again, which is great.
“There have been times in the past year where I’ve been a little bit confused and not seeing how the points are developing and stuff, which for me was always a strong part of my game and it made me feel quite uncomfortable on the court when I was feeling that way.
“I’m starting to get that back and the results are coming and my tennis is getting better.”
On Friday, Murray will next take on the winner of the Lucas Pouille-Hubert Hurkacz.
Teen qualifier Holger Rune ousted No. 5 seed Lorenzo Sonego in three sets. The 18-year-old Rune will meet Pablo Carreno Busta in a Friday quarter.
Gael Monfils returns tomorrow to meet Philipp Kohlschreiber.
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