“React a Little Quicker”: Andy Murray Explains How He Turned Around the Battle Against Hubert Hurkacz at ATP Vienna Open 2021

Published 10/26/2021, 1:56 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Doubles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Andy Murray reacts during his Men’s Doubles second round match REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


At the Erste Bank Open yesterday, Andy Murray got a much-deserved victory that he has been aiming for ever since he made a comeback on the ATP tour this year. The Brit produced top-notch tennis at several tournament but fell inches short of winning matches against top players.

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Against Hurkacz yesterday, an opponent that defeated him twice this year, Murray used all his experience to shatter his opponent’s dream of inching closer to the eighth spot at the year-end championships in Turin.

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Andy Murray talks about defeating Hubert Hurkacz in a three-set thriller at ATP Vienna Open 2021

Murray was supposed to close out the match in the second set, but the Pole’s resilience in saving a match point took the contest to a deciding third set. It was Murray who played the better tennis in the final set and moved past Hurkacz, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

Talking about the intense opening round battle, the Brit was happy to steer past Hurkacz but mentioned that the match could have gone either way.

“It was a good match that could have gone either way. I was disappointed to drop serve in the opening game of the third, but thankfully I was able to get the break back in the next game and from there I probably deserved to get over the line. It was a good win in tough circumstances”, Murray explained.

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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“A Lot of my movement is about anticipation” – Murray

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The former world no.1 also spoke a bit about his movement on-court and the gradual improvements to his game with each passing tournament.

My movement has been getting a little better with each match. A lot of my movement is about anticipation and when you’re not playing many matches, you don’t read the play quite as well. Now I’m starting to see the ball a little earlier and starting to react a little quicker”, concluded the Brit.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Great Britain’s Andy Murray reacts during his third round match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Irrespective of his results, Andy Murray has proved one and all that his hunger for the sport transcends physical constraints as continues to impress tennis fans with his impeccable commitment to the game. Murray will face a stiff challenge in the form of Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of Vienna Open.

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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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