Two-time Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray beat fourth seed Alexander Zverev to reach the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open last night. Murray had to hold his nerve in a tight contest which went to a deciding set in Doha. After winning the opening set he was pegged back by Zverev in the second but managed to win the decider to claim the victory 7-6 2-6 7-5.
In typical Murray fashion the contest was full of drama and the former World No 1 was two points away losing the match in the deciding set but was able to outlast his German opponent. He is playing his first tournament since reaching the third round at the Australian Open last month. The Melbourne Grand Slam was an intense few days for the Scot who played 14 sets of tennis which took more than 14 hours to complete.
Murray will now play French qualifier Alexnadre Muller for a place in the semi-finals.
Elsewhere, British No 1 Cameron Norrie progressed to the quarter finals of the Rio Open in Brazil. He overcame Thiago Monteiro in a tough straight sets encounter 7-5 7-5. Norrie is the second seed for the tournament and will play Boliva’s Hugo Dellien for a place in the semi-finals.
Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz is the top seed and came though a Mateus Alves 6-4 6-4. After the match Alcaraz admitted he was aiming to win more Grand Slams in 2023 and reclaim the World No 1 spot from Novak Djokovic.
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