Andy Murray into first ATP quarter-final in two years

The Nation  |  Sep 24, 2021

METZ   -  Former world number one Andy Murray reached his first ATP quarter-final in two years on Wednesday with a straight-set win over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil at the Moselle Open. Murray, now ranked at 113, swept to a convincing 6-3, 6-3 victory and will face either top seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland or French player Lucas Pouille for a place in the semi-finals. It will be his first appearance in the last-eight since winning his 46th career title at Antwerp in October 2019. The 34-year-old Murray, who has undergone two hip surgeries in the last three years, broke the 66th-ranked Pospisil four times in his one-hour, 24-minute triumph to claim a fifth win in six meetings against the Canadian. On Tuesday, Murray had defeated France’s 26th-ranked Ugo Humbert 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. Meanwhile, Pouille defeated another Canadian, Brayden Schnur 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk, who made the fourth round of the US Open as a qualifier, beat French lucky loser Antoine Hoang 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Second seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain enjoyed a 7-5, 6-2 win against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer. He will next face highly-regarded 18-year-old Danish qualifier Holger Rune who downed fifth seeded Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-4. 

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