STUTTGART, Germany — Andy Murray picked up his biggest win in more than five years on Friday as he defeated top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(4), 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Stuttgart Open.
Murray, 35, saved a set point in the opening set against fifth-seeded Tsitsipas and picked up his first win over a top-five-seeded opponent since beating Novak Djokovic in the World Cup final. Tour to London in November. 2016.
It was also the last year he reached a grass singles final becoming Wimbledon champion for the second time.
The former world No. 1 has missed much of the clay season to focus on his grass preparation. Murray also reached the Surbiton Trophy semi-finals last week, although he was beaten by Denis Kudla.
Tsitsipas was aiming for a repeat after beating Murray in their only previous meeting at the US Open last year.
But the Scot gained confidence after saving the set point on serve at 5-6 and he attacked in the second set before earning the decisive break in the sixth game.
Murray improved to 113-23 on grass. He will then face the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics or the Australian Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals.
Additionally, Matteo Berrettini beat fellow Italian Lorenzo Sonego 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a semi-final against local favorite Oscar Otte. The German received a surprise from French player Benjamin Bonzi.
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