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Andy Murray claimed his first victory over a high 20 participant this 12 months in a 6-1 3-6 6-2 win over Denis Shapovalov; Murray will subsequent face world No 1 Novak Djokovic, who earlier superior to the final 16 with a straight units win over Gael Monfils

Final Up to date: 04/05/22 12:23am

Andy Murray came through a thrilling encounter with Denis Shapovalov

Andy Murray got here by means of an exhilarating encounter with Denis Shapovalov

Andy Murray outlasted Denis Shapovalov in a three-set thriller to set up a Madrid Open last-16 meeting with world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

Murray produced a shocking first-set show earlier than Shapovalov fought onerous to degree the match, however the two-time champion was not to be denied his first victory over a high 20 participant this 12 months, finally sealing a 6-1 3-6 6-2 win in two hours and 9 minutes.

The victory units up a primary ATP Tour meeting since 2017 between Murray and long-time rival Djokovic, who earlier superior to the final 16 with a straight units win over Gael Monfils.

Murray admitted after the match that he was impressed by the prospect of a thirty seventh profession meeting with fellow 34-year-old Djokovic.

“I thought of it a bit of bit in the beginning of the third set,” Murray instructed Prime Video. “I did not know if I used to be going to get the possibility to play matches like that once more.

It was Murray's first victory this year over a top 20 player

It was Murray’s first victory this 12 months over a high 20 participant

“In concept I should not have an opportunity within the match, however I’ve put myself in an important place. I labored extraordinarily onerous within the final 5 or 6 weeks to get myself right here and it is a implausible alternative to play towards him once more on an enormous court docket in a giant match.”

The Scot, who marked his return to clay for the primary time in two years with a straight-sets win towards Dominic Thiem within the first spherical, proved too robust for Shapovalov within the deciding set.

Murray raced into an early lead, breaking Shapovalov’s serve twice on his manner to taking the opening set in 36 minutes.

The British quantity three, behind Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans within the home rankings, heaped extra stress on Shapovalov’s serve within the fifth sport of the second set.

Denis Shapovalov pushed Murray hard in Madrid

Denis Shapovalov pushed Murray onerous in Madrid

However Murray squandered two break factors and was damaged for the primary time within the match within the subsequent sport to path 5-2 earlier than Shapovalov served out to degree at one set all after one hour and 25 minutes of play.

The deciding set went with serve till the fifth sport, earlier than Murray seized on his first break level of the set to edge forward 4-2.

The Scot, presently 78th within the ATP rankings, held once more for 5-2 and went 40-0 forward on Shapovalov’s serve earlier than sealing one other spectacular win on his third match level.

Murray reversed his determination to skip the whole clay-court season after being handed a wild card for Madrid and 4 weeks of coaching on the floor seems to have paid dividends.

Djokovic beats Monfils to assure No 1 spot

Djokovic, contesting simply his fourth match of the season following a difficult time off-court, prolonged his good file towards Monfils to 18 wins from as many matches.

The Serb assured a record-extending 369th week atop the ATP rankings with a 6-3 6-2 victory and afterwards spoke of his admiration for Murray’s return to motion.

Novak Djokovic beat Gael Monfils to reach the last 16

Novak Djokovic beat Gael Monfils to attain the final 16

“I’ve seen just a few of his matches,” Djokovic instructed the ATP web site. “He is transferring properly, enjoying higher and higher.

“It is actually implausible to see, as a result of he is an essential participant for our sport. He is made his mark within the historical past of our sport by profitable a number of slams and gold medals and (being ranked) primary on this planet. He is one of the vital essential names we’ve.

“To have him nonetheless compete is nice, and to have him even play on the excessive degree because the time goes by is spectacular, contemplating the surgical procedure and what he has been by means of in the previous couple of years. His resilience and preventing spirit is actually inspiring.”

Draper falls wanting Rublev upset

Earlier on Tuesday Jack Draper fell simply wanting a significant scalp in a second-round loss to Andrey Rublev.

The 20-year-old is on the verge of changing into the following British participant to break into the highest 100 and he once more confirmed his enormous potential towards sixth seed Rublev, who defeated Novak Djokovic in his house metropolis of Belgrade to win his final match.

Jack Draper put up a valiant effort against Andrey Rublev

Jack Draper put up a valiant effort towards Andrey Rublev

Draper overpowered his Russian opponent within the opening set and led 3-0 within the third however Rublev fought again to declare a 2-6 6-4 7-5 victory.

Draper knocked out top-30 participant Lorenzo Sonego within the opening spherical in his first tour-level match on clay and he used his massive left-handed serve and forehand to shock Rublev within the early phases.

The younger Briton, who took a set off Djokovic at Wimbledon final 12 months, additionally possesses a wonderful drop shot and is comfy on the web, and he battled again from a break down within the second earlier than Rublev moved forward once more.

Draper seemed like he may discover a manner to win when he took the primary three video games of the decider however, with cramp beginning to kick in, it was Rublev who finally discovered a manner by means of.

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