Andy Murray continues to show signs his still a top player. After his incredible win performance against Stefanos Tsitsipas last month at the US Open, the former No. 1 has Ugo Humbert, Carlos Alcaraz and now he’s added Hubert Hurkacz to a growing list of good wins.
Murray handled the Polish No. 1 coming from an early break down in the third to win it 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3.
“It was a good match that could have gone either way,” said Murray who has twice won the Vienna title. “I was disappointed to drop serve in the opening game of the third, but thankfully I was able to get the break back in the next game and from there I probably deserved to get over the line. It was a good win in tough circumstances.
“My movement has been getting a little better with each match,” he added. “A lot of my movement is about anticipation and when you’re not playing many matches – like I haven’t been in recent years – you don’t read the play quite as well. Now I’m starting to see the ball a little earlier and starting to react a little quicker, which means I will start to chase more balls down.”
Hurkacz, who is prime position in 9th in the ATP Race for Turin, had wins over Murray in August and September.
Next for Murray will be rematch with the young Spaniard Alcaraz who ousted Dan Evans.
Italian Matteo Berrettini clinched his Turin berth with a Alexei Popyrin.
“My words aren’t going to describe the happiness I feel in my heart,” said Berrettini. “2020 was a tough year for me on and off the court. Here I am about to play my second [Nitto ATP] Finals and I can’t believe it. I always have to remember where I started. I didn’t dream about this, because it was so big, but now it’s happening. I want to do my best.”
Nikolaz Basilashvili and Alex De Minaur were also winners.
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