Journal De Bruxelles - Murray back in quarter-finals for first time in six months

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Murray back in quarter-finals for first time in six months
Murray back in quarter-finals for first time in six months / Photo: Mark Brown - GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File

Murray back in quarter-finals for first time in six months

Andy Murray reached his first quarter-final in six months on Thursday as the unseeded Briton defeated Alexander Bublik 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) at the Stuttgart grass court tournament.

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Murray won the opening set against his Kazakh opponent but had to come from 5-2 down in the second to clinch the win.

The former number one said his confidence is improving after defeating Bublik in one and three-quarter hours.

"It's nice to be back at this stage," said Murray who will take on top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the semi-finals.

"This was a solid win and I'll try and push through to the semis.

"When I was down in the second set it was frustrating, I was thinking of what I could do differently.

"He hit some great shots - but some that you wouldn't teach. The multiple drop shots were unexpected."

Murray's last appearance in the quarter-finals was in January when he reached the final in Sydney.

A win over Tsitsipas on Friday would push Murray closer to a return to the top 50 for the first time in more than four years.

D.Mertens--JdB