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Andy Murray Matteo Berrettini Stuttgart 2022

Andy Murray in positive mood despite injury scare, saying: ‘There has been a lot of progress’

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Andy Murray suffered a fresh injury scare as he lost the Stuttgart final to Matteo Berrettini, but he came away feeling good about his game.

Murray has looked a lot like his old self this week, with him beating Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios to get himself into a first final for nearly three years.

He lost out to Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, but the major talking point was a medical time out for Murray that appeared to focus on his hip and groin area.

He opted to finish the match, although he looked clearly hampered, and it will now be interesting to see if he plays Queen’s next week.

In general, though, Murray seemed in positive mood as he headed back to the UK for his final Wimbledon preparations.

“There’s been a lot of progress the last few weeks and I’m looking forward to what the future has to hold,” Andy Murray said.

“Feeling a lot better about my game and hopefully my body can hold up a little while longer.”

Berrettini, meanwhile, extended his perfect record in Stuttgart to 9-0 as he made a fine return from a spell out due to hand surgery.

“It was really hard to digest, I felt it, Andy was able to serve well and took the chances I didn’t take, so we went to the third set,” Berrettini said. “I said to myself, ‘I have to fight’.

“Congrats to Andy. It’s not the way we wanted to finish, he’s hurt, I’m sorry for him. I’ve learned so much from him.”

(Photo credit Paul Zimmer)

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