Andy Murray ‘plays smart’ to move on in Metz
Andy Murray has now registered back-to-back wins at the Moselle Open as he looks to build a run of form to climb the ATP rankings.
The British star overcame Canadian Vasek Pospisil in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, in under 90 minutes to progress to the quarter-finals of the French ATP 250 event.
“I always try to come onto court with a plan,” Murray explained on court after the match. “Doesn’t always work out how you plan. I was trying to make [Pospisil] work on his own service games. He’s got an excellent serve and likes to dictate with the first ball after the serve.
“So I was trying to get lots of returns back and then when I got the opportunity on the second serve, try and put some pressure on him.
“I think I did that well and for the most part served pretty well. Lost my rhythm a bit at the end of the first set beginning of the second. But, I returned well and played a smart match.”
The win means that Andy Murray has now secured consecutive wins for just the second time this year at ATP tour and Grand Slam level, the last occasion coming at Wimbledon.
The Brit’s next opponent will either be French wildcard and former top-10 player Lucas Pouille or top seed and world number number 13 Hubert Hurkacz.
Murray holds a 4-1 win-loss record against Pouille, with the Frenchman winning their last meeting at the 2018 Cincinnati Masters.
The three-time Slam champion also played Hurkacz in Cincinnati, their only on-court meeting, at this year’s event in the second round, losing 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
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