Andy Murray survives second set scare to progress to last-16 of the Stockholm Open


Andy Murray is though to the last 16 of the Stockholm after beating Norway’s Viktor Durasovic in straight sets. Murray, 34, was dominant in the first set, but made to dig deep thereafter by the world no 354 before he prevailed 6-1 7-6 to set up a clash with top seed Jannik Sinner.

At 1-0 early on, the three time Grand-Slam winner then took command by earning a break of serve when Durasovic put a tame forehand into the net.

Murray consolidated by holding his own serve and although Durasovic, 24, initially saved a break point in the next game two unforced errors handed the former world no 1 a 4-0 lead.

That promptly became 5-0 before the underdog finally got on the board as a couple of forehand winners helped him hold his serve to love.

However, Durasovic’s tally of 11 unforced errors in the first set left him battling the tide, and at 5-1 an ace from Murray wrapped up matters in less than 30 minutes.

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Murray had been serving formidably but his opponent was clearly growing in confidence, and after earning a first break point of the match, Durasovic levelled the set with a well-executed overhead smash.

Suddenly, the British player had a match on his hands and at 5-4, and then 6-5 down, twice found himself serving to stay in the set. He was nerveless in doing so both times, and then at 2-2 in a tie-break showed all his experience to win the next three points.

Back came Durasovic to 5-4, only to put a forehand into the net and hand Murray two match points. The Norwegian saved both though, and then a fourth ace gave him his own set point – only to then hit long in a tense rally.

From there, Murray finally closed things out by going 8-7 up, before ending an epic exchange with a forehand winner.

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