Andy Murray Outlasts Matteo Berrettini in Beijing, Set to Play Norrie in the Second Round


Andy Murray is finding his groove. The three-time Grand Slam champion overcame his biggest test after hip surgery and beat the eighth-best player in the ATP tour this season, who is having a breakthrough season.

Determination, grit, and mental strength were all needed to edge past the big forehanded and big-serving Matteo Berrettini.

The Italian, who is currently ranked 13th in the world, is having the best season of his career as he played his first ever Grand Slam semi-finals at the US Open three weeks ago.

He went into the match seemingly more prepared and broke Murray’s serve early to take a 5-2 lead. With nothing left to lose, the Brit had to show his notorious fighting spirit and resilience to regain the service and take the set to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, it was a one-man show as Murray only lost two points.

In the second set, Berrettini was playing much better and went 2-0 after taking Murray’s serve. The 32-year old Brit immediately responded with a re-break, and both players were holding their serve as they headed for the second tiebreak. This time around, Berrettini played much better, but it was Murray’s experience that shone through as he won the tiebreak 9-7.

Murray came back from a break down in each set and showed the champion mentality.

“It was tough. At the end, I was just trying to fight and play as offensively as possible,” Murray said in the post-match interview.

This win was hugely encouraging for all Murray fans who were hoping he could make a full comeback. It was probably his best singles performance since withdrawing from Wimbledon two years ago.

Murray will face Cameron Norrie in the second round later this week.