Andy Murray stunned top seed Jannik Sinner 7-6(4), 6-3 at the Stockholm Open on Wednesday to move into the quarterfinals.
The victory over World No. 10 Sinner was Murray’s second win over a Top 10 player this season. He also defeated No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz in Vienna.
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In a match packed with lengthy all-court rallies and fascinating angles, Murray managed to stave off the only break point he faced to close out Sinner in two hours and 10 minutes.
“It was a very tough match,” said Murray.
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“He hits the ball huge from the back of the court so there were a lot of long rallies and a lot of running. But it’s probably my best win this season. I want to keep it going now.”
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Top seed Sinner, who will serve as first alternate for the ATP Finals, was not able to make many inroads into Murray’s serve as he let a break point slip away in the opening set.
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Murray outlasted Sinner in a tie-break after 74 minutes, and held firm in the second to take his spot in the quarter-finals.
Murray’s victory wasn’t the only upset of the day in Stockholm.
Paul upsets Fritz
Tommy Paul also knocked off a seed after defeating his good friend and doubles partner, fifth-seeded Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4. Paul will meet Murray in the quarter-finals for the first time.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime closed out Filip Krajinovic in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
The World No. 11 is making his debut in Stockholm, and is searching for his first ATP Tour title after reaching his 10th quarter-final of the season.
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