FLAWLESS! Andy Murray Knocks Out Top Seed Jannik Sinner in Straight Sets at ATP Stockholm Open 2021

Published 11/10/2021, 2:37 PM EST
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) reacts after winning a point during his second round match against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The successful phase of Andy Murray, where he was able to defeat top-tier player on the men’s singles circuit might just lag behind the impressive efforts the Brit has been putting in over the past few months on the ATP tour.

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Even though Murray doesn’t have titles to show up for his commendable second half of the 2021 season, the former world no.1 does have incredible victories against the likes of youngsters like Carlos Alcaraz and Frances Tiafoe.

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Now, at the on-going Stockholm Open, Murray faced yet another rising tennis star in the form of Jannik Sinner. The Italian, who is enjoying a break-through season this year on-tour, managed to clinch four titles and showed the world that he is here to stay.

Let’s see how the match progressed.

Andy Murray upped the ante against Jannik Sinner to win the first set in a tie-breaker

Right from the start, it was a contest of intense baseline exchanges between the two players as both of them began to attack each other using the forehand cross-court angle.

Murray, who is known for his extra-ordinary movement on-court, maintained the same form throughout the first set and took it to a tie-breaker.

Sinner, on the other hand, who was facing the Brit for the first time, began to feel the heat as he couldn’t handle the intensity from his opponent in the breaker and ended up losing the first set, 6-7.

Oct 12, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) hits a shot against Alexander Zverev (GER) during a third round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Sinner couldn’t handle his serve against Murray’s exquisite return game

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Throughout the match, Murray was able to anticipate Sinner’s serve and adjusted his return position accordingly. This neutralization from the former world no.1 posed a lot of questions on Sinner’s mind as he found it hard to find winners.

Eventually, the Italian lost his serve in the second set twice as Andy Murray notched up another brilliant victory against one of the rising stars on men’s tour, 7-6, 6-3.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts to a winner against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

It was a flawless performance from the Brit as he intends to finish the year on a high by clinching the Stockholm Open title.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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