Murray wins to face Djokovic for first time in 5 yrs

Tennis

Andy Murray continued his return to clay with an excellent 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Denis Shapovalov on Tuesday to arrange a round-of-16 conflict towards Novak Djokovic.

Elsewhere, Emma Raducanu led a spirited comeback towards Anhelina Kalinina however didn’t prevail, exiting the competitors in a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 defeat as she suffered with a again concern.

Djokovic made mild work of France’s Gael Monfils in a 6-3, 6-2 win which means he’ll face Murray for the primary time since 2017.

“He is the world No. 1 and I’ve bought a steel hip,” Murray informed Amazon Prime.

“I did not know I would get alternatives to play matches like this once more. In idea I should not have an opportunity within the match.

“However I’ve labored my hardest, put myself in a terrific place and it is a incredible alternative to play towards him once more on a giant court docket in an enormous match.”

Murray, who had deliberate to skip the clay court docket season earlier than reversing his choice, achieved a strong victory over world No. 16 Shapovalov, with the three-set match taking part in into the early hours of the morning.

In the meantime, Raducanu mentioned she had slim likelihood of beating Ukraine’s Kalinina as she rallied for a comeback regardless of struggling a again concern.

“I might have given myself a 5% likelihood of successful that match,” she mentioned.

“For it [the comeback] to nearly occur, I feel that was a optimistic factor.”

The 19-year-old obtained therapy on her again on the finish of the primary set earlier than breaking Kalinina 3 times to say the subsequent set.

Kalinina bought off to a 3-1 begin within the third however appeared to be thwarted when Raducanu lodged an exhilarating comeback to say a 4-3 lead. Nevertheless, Kalinina regained composure broke Raducanu again earlier than serving out for the match.

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