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Andy Murray sinks Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach Stuttgart semi-finals | Andy Murray

Andy Murray sinks Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach Stuttgart semi-finals | Andy Murray

Andy Murray picked up one of his biggest wins since undergoing hip surgery in 2019 by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Boss Open semi-finals.

Murray, currently world number 68, beat the Greek top seed 7-6(4) 6-3 in an hour and 40 minutes and will face Nick Kyrgios in the last four in Stuttgart.

It’s the first time Murray has beaten a player ranked in the world’s top five since 2016. The 35-year-old Scotsman saved a set point at 6-6 in the opener before sealing it in a tie-break and to break Tsitsipas to move. 4-2 in the second en route to an impressive victory on his third match point.

Tsitsipas, the world number 5, saved a break point in game seven as the first set went down with a serve and failed to convert one of his own at 6-6 as Murray forced a tie-break. The Scot, who beat seventh seed Alexander Bublik to reach the last eight of his first ATP Tour event of the season on grass, then picked up a mini-break to come back 5-3 and served to seal it 7 -4 in just under an hour.

Tsitsipas saved two match points on his serve at 5-2 in the second set, but Murray then served for the match. Murray’s only previous encounter with Tsitsipas was in the first round of the US Open last year, when he led by two sets to one only to lose in five.

Murray said during his on-court interview: “It was an amazing atmosphere. Crowd almost full. Great weather today, great conditions to play tennis. I thought I did well. He served as a incredible way in the first set.

“I felt like I had very few chances but when he was creating chances on my serve I stayed strong. I played a really solid tie-break and in the second set, once in the rallies, I felt like I was dictating a lot of points. It was a good performance.”

Dart race in Nottingham finished by Riske

Harriet Dart’s attempt to reach her first WTA Tour semi-final ended in defeat to Alison Riske at the Rothesay Open in Nottingham. The British No.3 took the first set but her American opponent fought back to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in two hours and 26 minutes.

Harriet Dart in action against Alison Riske
Harriet Dart won the first set against Alison Riske but was denied by the American’s response. Photography: Will Palmer/SWpix.com/Shutterstock

Dart was broken in game six of the first set to lead 4-2, but responded with two breaks to take the first set in just over an hour. The sixth seed fought back in the second set, breaking Dart three times on his way to a 6-2 score.

Dart held serve to lead 1-0 in the deciding match but fell after that, broken three more times as Riske clinched the next six games to reach his sixth career semi-final on grass. She will then face Ajla Tomljanovic or Viktorija Golubic.

The upper seed, Maria Sakkari, lost to seventh seed Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The Brazilian will face Czech Tereza Martincova in the semi-finals after beating Chinese fourth seed Zhang Shuai in straight sets, 6-3 6-2.

In the men’s ATP Challenger event, Liam Broady missed his chance to reach the last four after losing in three sets to Jack Sock 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-4. Britain’s No. 7 Ryan Peniston of Essex saw his run ended in a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Australia’s Alexei Popyrin in Friday’s first quarter-final.

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