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Impressive Murray reaches first ATP Tour quarter-final since 2019


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ndy Murray has cruised into the quarter-finals at the Moselle Open as his encouraging form continued in Metz.

The three-time Grand Slam winner built on his impressive three-set triumph over sixth seed Ugo Humbert with a 6-3 6-3 defeat of Canadian world no66 Vasek Pospisil on Wednesday evening.

Either top seed Hubert Hurkacz or Lucas Pouille now await Murray – a finalist at this tournament in 2007 – in his first ATP Tour quarter-final since October 2019.

Murray – who suffered a low-key defeat in a Challenger in Rennes last week – broke Pospisil in the seventh game of the opening set, which he closed out as the Canadian failed to hold again.

Pospisil rallied at the start of the second set to immediately break the former world number one and then held to move 2-0 ahead.

Murray, though, remained composed to stay in the set and eventually broke back to level at 3-3.

A hold from Murray kept the pressure on before a couple of unforced errors from Pospisil saw the Briton serve for the match.

Murray obliged with an impressive hold, taking a first match point as Pospisil sent another return into the net.

“I was trying to make him work on his service games, and he has an excellent serve, then likes to dictate with the first ball after,” Murray said in his courtside interview, broadcast on Amazon Prime.

“I was trying to focus on getting lots of returns back and then when I got the opportunity I was trying to put some pressure on him, I think I did that well.

“For the most part, I served pretty good, lost my rhythm a bit at the end of the first set, start of the second, but I returned well and played a smart match.

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