Why Murray beat fifth seed Hurkacz

Andy Murray has had a number of matches against top seeds this year, and he lost most, if not all of them thanks to some minor mistakes. Recently, he spoke about his decision to play aggressive, taking chances when they are presented, and he did just that in Vienna Yesterday.

The 34-year old impressed in the first set winning it 6-4, then dropped a match point to lose the second set, 6-7. Since he has lost quite a few matches against better positioned players via the second and third sets recently, chances of Murray winning in an even third set were thought low, if any.

But the former World No.1 held form this time round and won the deciding set 6-3, his first win against a top ten opponent this year, which also set him up for a second round clash against 18-year old Alcaraz.

Revealing the reason for his win, the 3-time grand slam winner attributed the improvement to his quicker movements. “My movement has been getting better with each match…Now I am starting to see the ball a little earlier and starting to react a little quicker.” He stated.

Murray however revealed that speed goes hand in hand with anticipation, something he has found hard to grasp as he hasn’t played as many games lately. “A lot of movement is about anticipation and when you are not playing many matches…you don’t read the play quite well.”

The 2012 US Open champion will have to rely on his new found speed and Yesterday’s experience going into the next match against young and energetic experience.