Andy Murray beats top seed Jannik Sinner in straight sets at the Stockholm Open to make it to only his second ATP Tour quarter-final in the last TWO YEARS
- Andy Murray beat Italian Jannik Sinner in the last-16 of the Stockholm Open
- The Brit broke the top seed twice in the second set on his way to victory
- Murray is trialling Jo Konta’s former coach Spaniard Esteban Carril this week
Andy Murray produced one of his best performances since hip surgery to defeat top seed Jannik Sinner and reach the quarter-finals of the Stockholm Open.
Murray had lost a succession of close matches to top-20 players before defeating then world No 10 Hubert Hurkacz in Vienna a fortnight ago.
Italian Sinner is the same ranking and one of the hottest young prospects in the game but Murray produced a clean and impressive display, breaking his 20-year-old opponent twice in the second set on the way to a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 triumph.
Andy Murray (left) beat top seed Jannik Sinner in the last 16 of the Stockholm Open
The Brit made it through to what is only his second ATP Tour quarter-final in the last two years
Murray, who is trialling a new coach this week in Spaniard Esteban Carril, has played a series of long tie-breaks recently but here he took his first set point having saved the only break point of a long opener.
He then broke Sinner, who narrowly missed out on a place in next week’s ATP Finals, to lead 2-1 in the second and maintained the pressure on his young opponent until the finish.
This will be only Murray’s second ATP Tour quarter-final in the last two years and victory over American Tommy Paul would put him through to the last four at this level for the first time since his title in Antwerp in 2019.
The ex-British No 1 took his first set point having saved the only break point of a long opener
Italian Sinner narrowly missed out on a place in next week’s ATP Finals in Turin
The Scot was joined in the quarter-finals by British No 2 Dan Evans, who returned to winning ways with victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Evans had lost his first match at his last two tournaments but was in good form against Spaniard Davidovich Fokina, recovering from 4-2 down in the first set to win 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
Evans, seeded fourth, will next face American eighth seed Frances Tiafoe, who defeated Pedro Martinez 6-4, 6-4.
Murray and Evans could meet in the semi-finals.
Murray is trialling fellow Brit Johanna Konta’s former coach, Esteban Carril (right) this week