Andy Murray matches pre-injury win tally after fighting through ‘difficult’ test
Andy Murray has now reached 25 wins in 2022, matching his win tally for his 2017 season just prior to his career-disrupting hip injuries.
The former world number one defeated world number 61 Pedro Cachin 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 Gijon Open. Murray can now boast a win-loss record of 25-16 this season on the ATP tour.
Murray had a record of 25-10 in 2017 up until that year’s Wimbledon when his season abruptly halted with injury. He then tumbled from first to 156th in the ATP rankings over the next 11 months away from competition.
“I served well in the second and third set, which helped,” He began his post-match interview. “I also just fought very hard. In the first set I wasn’t playing my best and Pedro was serving very well for the first set and a half and I was really struggling to break serve.
“I changed the way I was returning a little bit and gave myself more opportunities to break. I fought very hard to come back from a break down twice in the third set.”
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Andy Murray is now into a fourth tour level quarter-final of 2022 as he pursues a first tour title since Antwerp in October 2019. He reached finals on the hard courts of Sydney, Australia in January and the grass of Stuttgart in June. However, he was stopped by Aslan Karatsev and Matteo Berrettini respectively on those occasions.
In Gijon, Murray’s victory over Cachin was less straightforward than his 7-5, 6-3 defeat of world number 31 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round.
“[Today] was a different match,” Murray explained. “I haven’t against Pedro before, I haven’t practised with him. He’s not played that much on the tour and not that much indoors.
“So I didn’t know exactly how he was going to play, which makes things difficult. But I maybe didn’t play quite as well as the first match but I fought hard and that’s the most important thing.”
The Brit will take on either Sebastian Korda or home talent Roberto Bautista Agut next. While Andy Murray has never faced Sebastian Korda he has taken on the Spaniard five times. Their most recent encounter resulted in the joint heaviest tour defeat for Murray as he lost 6-0, 6-1.
“Hopefully they’ll play for a very long time!” Murray signed off in his interview.
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