WATCH: Andy Murray Shows No Signs of Metal Hip With Astonishing Shots at Vienna Open 2021

Published 10/26/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) hits a shot 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


Andy Murray registered his first victory against a top 10 player in 14 months at Vienna Open, defeating Hubert Hurkacz in a grueling contest. The former World No.1 looked in commanding form throughout the match. Since his hip-replacement surgery, this is Murray’s most consistent run of games on tour. Against Hurkacz, the Brit showed no signs of that metal hip slowing him down.

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In the round of 16 at the Vienna Open, the three-time Grand Slam champion will be up against the Spaniard, Carlos Alcaraz.

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Andy Murray with a statement victory and stellar strokes against Hubert Hurkacz

Andy Murray faced the World No. 10, Hubert Hurkacz in the opening round of the Vienna Open. Hurkacz had already outclassed the Brit in their two encounters this year at Cincinnati and Metz. However, Murray turned the tables this time, as he showed utmost resilience against the Polish professional.

With brilliant court coverage, Murray stunned Hurkacz, delivering some fine shots. Moreover, the former World No.1 executed powerful backhand winners and even played some successful volley up front at the net. His range of movement and type of shots were reminiscent of his former self, and showed no signs of hindrance by his metal hip.

 

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After winning over Hurkacz, Murray said, “My movement has been getting a little better with each match. It was a good match that could have gone either way. It was a good win in tough circumstances. A lot of my movement is about anticipation and when you’re not playing many matches – like I haven’t been in recent years – you don’t read the play quite as well.”

It’s a joy for the entire tennis community to see Murray getting back to his pre-injury levels.

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Murray to face Carlos Alcaraz in the round of 16 at Vienna Open

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 27: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates his victory in his men’s singles first round match against James Duckworth of Australia on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

After crushing Hubert Hurkacz in a three-set thriller, Murray will now face the 18-years old, Carlos Alcaraz in the round of 16. In his previous round, the Spaniard moved past British player Dan Evans in a comfortable victory. Murray and Alcaraz will be pretty confident coming into the match with strong first round performances from both. It’ll be interesting to see whether the veteran triumphs or the teenager.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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