Andy Murray loses to Wimbledon semi-finalist in Metz
Andy Murray lost at the Moselle Open in Metz after his encouraging run was halted by top seed Hubert Hurkacz.
The Brit registered wins against Ugo Humbert and Vasek Pospisil with strong performances to reach the last eight of an ATP event for the first time since winning in Antwerp in 2019.
However, Hurkacz, who defeated Roger Federer on route to reach Wimbledon semi-finals this year, proved a step too far for Murray.
The 34-year-old will rue three missed break points in the eight game of an opening set he narrowly edged, before losing out in the tie-break 7-4.
Hurkacz increased his level in the second set and raced into a 4-1 lead. Murray mounted a spririted fightback but the Pole held on to claim a straight-sets victory and move into his fourth tour-level semi-final of 2021.
“Andy is an unbelievable competitor, he has achieved so much throughout his career,” Hurkacz said. “He is coming back from a tough injury and playing at a very high level, so he is amazing and you can be inspired by his results.”
“I really like it here, I enjoy the atmosphere,” Hurkacz added. “I think the surface suits me and I am happy to be in the semi-finals. His [Peter Gojowczyk] recent results are really good, he has improved a lot so it will be an interesting match.”
Hurkacz has enjoyed a career-best 2021. The Pole kicked off the year by winning a title in Delray Beach, before capturing his maiden Masters title in Miami. The top seed is currently ninth in the race for FedEx Race To Turin as he aims to qualify for the season finale which will be played from 14th-21st November.
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