Andy Murray believes he can compete with the best: “I’m playing at the highest level and I’m winning games against the best players in the world, and the ones I’m losing I’m pushing the best players in the world. So that argument is over. I can compete. at the highest levels ”
Last updated: 21/10/21 22:58
Andy Murray produced arguably his best win since hip surgery to defeat seeded Jannik Sinner and reach the quarter-finals of the Stockholm Open.
The Scotsman produced a clean and impressive show, beating his 20-year-old opponent twice in the second set on the road to triumph 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.
Murray scored his second win over a top-10 opponent in the past two weeks after the former British No.1 beat Hubert Hurkacz in Vienna last week.
Murray, who is trying out a new manager at Esteban Carril this week, has had the upper hand in almost every key moment.
He said: “I did well tonight. On my serve I made him work very hard for every point. My variety was pretty good, I came back better as the game went on and overall it was a solid good performance and something that has been missing a bit recently is a nice win.
“I have played my game, the style of play that works for me. Sometimes in the last year I have strayed a little from that
bit. Partly external influences at times, but also the feeling that I need to change the way I play.
“In the important moments I went in a hurry or I tried to finish the points a little too soon and maybe I went against my instincts.
“If I had been more clinical and had made better decisions and played the right tennis, being smart, I would have finished games earlier and that preserves your body. Even a few weeks ago I might have lost that first set.
“I play at the highest level and I am winning games against the best players in the world, and the ones I am losing I am pushing the best players in the world. So this discussion is over. I can compete at the highest level.
“But when I first came back I doubted it. Sometimes it was hard to build that confidence without getting matches consistently or winning enough of the big matches.
“I’ve said in the last few weeks, it’s coming. I don’t know if it will be this week or early next year, but I’m going to push and get deep into tournaments again.”
He was joined in the quarter-finals by Dan Evans who returned to win with the victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina to reach the quarter-finals.
The British number 2 had lost his first match in his last two tournaments but was in good shape against Spaniard Davidovich Fokina, recovering from 4-2 under in the first set to win 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.
Evans, fourth-seeded, will soon face the eighth-seeded American Frances Tiafoe, who defeated Pedro Martinez 6-4 6-4.
Denis Shapovalov defeated the qualified Andrea Vavassori 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 to arrange a meeting with Arthur Rinderknech after the Frenchman recorded a 6-4 6-1 win over Jozef Kovalik.