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.
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“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.