Andy Murray Indian Wells 2021

Andy Murray ‘proud’ after he reaches first ATP level final in nearly three years

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Andy Murray admitted he was ‘proud’ to reach the final of an ATP Tour level event for the first time since Antwerp in 2019.

Murray has looked a lot like his old self this week at Stuttgart, where he has shown his grass court tennis remains at a truly elite level.

He beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6, 6-2 in the semi-finals to leave himself one win away from earning a seed in the Wimbledon draw.

Speaking on court after the match, Murray said: “It has been a long time since the last final [on grass]. A lot of ups and downs, but I kept going and kept working and finally managed to get to another one. I am proud of the effort I have put in.

“I was just a little more solid in the [first set] tie-break. I asked the questions.

“On these courts, when it is playing quick, the set often comes down to one or two points and I was a little more secure at the end of the first set.”

Andy Murray will face last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini in the final after he beat Oscar Otte 7-6, 7-6 in his semi.

“I am really happy,” Berrettini said. “Arriving at the tournament, that was the goal [to reach the final],”

“From thinking about it and actually making it is a big difference. I am happy I am here and have another chance to play another final after months without playing and after the first big surgery in my career.

“This means this is my level and I have proved once again I am comfortable at this level and on this surface. I really like it here at Stuttgart.”

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