‘Hopefully he’s ok’ – Andy Murray claims first tour semi-final for over two years in bittersweet circumstances
Andy Murray showed empathy for David Goffin’s injury troubles after moving past the former world number seven 6-2 ret. to reach the last four in Sydney.
It is the first time the former world number one has made it to an ATP tour semi-final since he won the European Open in Antwerp in October 2019.
Late in the first set, Goffin received treatment on his knee before Murray took the set and the Belgian called an end to the match.
“I think he’s missed the last eight months with injury,” Murray explained following the victory.
“I believe he had surgery on the elbow and then he’s had a problem with his knee for the last three or four months.
“Yeah, it sucks. The injuries as you get older, they can get you down a little bit. Hopefully he’s ok.”
The victory also marks the first time that Murray has won three matches consecutively at tour level since Antwerp 2019 as the five-time finalist gears up for his 14th career appearance in Melbourne.
The 2022 event will be the first Australian Open he has played since 2019, at a time when continued injury struggles cast serious doubts about his future on the tour.
Murray has shown huge contrast to that in recent months, including in the match with Goffin.
“I think the movement is what I was most pleased with,” he said in his post-match interview.
“I maybe made a few more errors than I would’ve liked today. But yeah I thought I moved well which was really positive.”
Next up Murray will face big-serving American Reilly Opelka for a place in the final after he defeated compatriot Brandon Nakashima in straight sets.
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