Andy Murray beats Nick Kyrgios to reach Stuttgart final

STUTTGART, Germany — Andy Murray will play in his first grass singles final since winning Wimbledon in 2016 after beating Nick Kyrgios in straight sets in the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open on Saturday.

Britain’s three-time Grand Slam winner showed signs of his old form as he beat Kyrgios 7-6(5), 6-2, holding serve throughout the game.

“Lots of ups and downs but I kept going and kept working and finally made it through to another (grass final). I’m proud of the effort I put in,” said said Murray. “I was just a little bit more solid in the tie-break. I asked the questions.”

Murray continued his strong pre-Wimbledon form after stunning Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals on Friday, Murray’s first victory in six years against a top-five ranked opponent.

It is the second final of 2022 for Murray, who lost to Aslan Karatsev at the Sydney Tennis Classic in January, and the first time he has reached two finals in the same season since 2017. Murray, who has du struggling to get back to his best after hip surgery, last won a singles title on the tour at the European Open in Belgium in 2019 and is 46-23 in the final.

Murray’s opponent in Sunday’s final will be second-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy, who won 7-6(7), 7-6(5) over Oscar Otte in a close no-stop match on duty. Berrettini saved the set point in the first set tiebreaker and needed three match points to wrap up the victory.

Murray and Berrettini have each won one of their two career encounters, with Berrettini the winner of their only grass-court game at Queen’s Club last year.

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