Andy Murray Reaches His First Singles Quarter-Finals After Beating Cameron Norrie

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Things are going in the right direction for the three-time Grand Slam champion.

The 32-year old Scot had another astonishing display of talent, this time against a fellow Briton Cameron Norrie. After two sets decided on tie-breaks, Murray has put it up a notch in the decider to win 7-6 (8-6), 6-7(4-7), 6-1, after nearly three hours.

This was an important milestone in recovery for Murray as it marked the first time he won back-to-back singles matches since hip surgery back in January.

Murray will have a much more difficult task in the next round as he’ll probably face Dominic Thiem who plays against China’s Zhang Zhizhen in the second round.

The former world no. 1 served for the first set at 5-3, but Norrie showed resilience and broke Murray to force a tie-break. In the tie-break, it seemed as Murray is going to win it quickly, but Cameron didn’t give up that easily and saved three set points. However, all that effort by the 24-year old Brit was for nothing as he double-faulted to hand over the set to the more experienced colleague from the national team.

Noirre stormed through the second set to take a 5-2 lead, but Murray showed his class and took the set into a tie-break. This time around, it was the number three Noire, who played better in the tie-break as he took the match into the deciding third set.

Murray was clearly upset about the errors he made in the second set and told his team that he was playing “very poor” after the first set.

Yet, he was moving and serving exceptionally well, and won 71% and 70% points on the first and second serve, respectively.

Norrie had no answer for Murray’s decisiveness and shot placement in the third set, with the former world number one breaking twice to seal the victory.

Murray will now have a day before playing his quarter-finals match on Friday.

His last ATP Tour singles quarter-finals appearance was at the Shenzhen Open in September 2018, when he lost to Fernando Verdasco.

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