Andy Murray beats Nick Kyrgios, enters Stuttgart final

Andy Murray beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to enter Stuttgart final

Andy Murray beat Nick Kyrgios in Stuttgart to enter final

Andy Murray beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5), 6-2 to enter the final of ATP 250 event in Stuttgart.

It is Murray’s first final on grass since 2016.

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“It has been a long time since the last final [on grass]. A lot of ups and downs, but I kept going and kept working and finally managed to get to another one,” Murray said in his on-court interview.

“I am proud of the effort I have put in. I was just a little more solid in the tie-break. I asked the questions.

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“On these courts, when it is playing quick, the set often comes down to one or two points and I was a little more secure at the end of the first set.”

In a close first set, the Scot saved both break points he faced and raised his intensity on return in the tie-break to move ahead.

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He then hit his watertight groundstrokes aggressively and consistently in the second set to race to the finish and advance after one hour and 33 minutes.

The 35-year-old will be aiming to clinch a ninth career title on the surface when he meets Italian Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s final.

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The last time Murray captured a trophy on grass was in 2016 when he defeated Canadian Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon final.