semi-finals, Nick Kyrgios vs Andy Murray, start time, preview, result, Matteo Berrettini vs Oscar Otte - bdsthanhhoavn.com

semi-finals, Nick Kyrgios vs Andy Murray, start time, preview, result, Matteo Berrettini vs Oscar Otte

Andy Murray upset top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 on Friday for a place in the Stuttgart semi-finals as the former world number one claimed his first top five win since 2016.

Next up for the three-time major winner is an intriguing clash with Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios.

The 35-year-old Murray said the strong winds, which featured in his first two wins this week, were missing as he put on a top serving performance to defeat world number five Tsitsipas who won their only previous match at the US Open last year.

Nick Kyrgios is through to the semi-finals. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)
Nick Kyrgios is through to the semi-finals. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“We had good conditions,” the 68th-ranked Murray said after victory on his third match point.

“We both served very well for most of the match. There were very few chances either way, neither of us created many opportunities.”

He added: “I had momentum going into the second set. It was important for me to try and dictate when possible.

“It was much easier to play today… with very little wind I did well, I was consistent for the whole match. This was my best serving performance of the week.”

Murray last reached an ATP semi-final in January in Sydney on his way to the final.

On Saturday, he will take on Kyrgios after Marton Fucsovics had to quit with back pain when trailing 7-6 (7/3), 3-0.

“I didn’t take him lightly, he knows how to play on grass,” said world number 78 Kyrgios.

“I was not feeling it today from the back of the court, but I was serving well. Hopefully I’ll bring that tomorrow against Andy.”

Kyrgios stands 1-5 against Murray but won their last meeting on grass at Queen’s Club in 2018.

Nick Kyrgios will face Andy Murray. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“I know what to expect against Andy, he’s a veteran of the grass,” Kyrgios said.

“I’ll try to look after my serve and see what I can do on his return games.”

German Oscar Otte advanced to the last four when French opponent Benjamin Bonzi was unable to take to the court due to stomach pains.

Elsewhere, Matteo Berrettini reached his fourth career final on grass on Saturday as he overcame German Oscar Otte 7-6 (9/7), 7-6(7/5).

The Italian, runner up at Wimbledon last year and competing for the first time since March after undergoing hand surgery, will be seeking his first title since winning Queen’s in London last June.

Berrettini will play for the trophy on Sunday against the winner from Murray and Kyrgios, who meet later on Saturday.

The world number 10 improved to 27-6 on grass and maintained a perfect 8-0 record in Stuttgart after winning the 2019 edition at the Weissenhof Club.

Berrettini and Otte duelled for nearly an hour in the first set before the second seed broke the deadlock by winning a tiebreaker.

The second set was much the same, with world number 61 Otte saving two match points before going down in just over an hour and three quarters in another decider.

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