A disappointing exit in the first round of the Paris Open might have rubbed former world No. 1 Andy Murray the wrong way, but perhaps it did him a lot of good too.
Doing his wild card entry justice, the 34-year old beat Viktor Durasovic by two straight sets (6-1, 7-6) in the first round of his maiden Stockholm Open to book a round of 16 ticket against Jannik Sinner.
The three time grand slam champion did something, or everything, absolutely right against a top-ten seed this time, clinching a stunning 7-6, 6-3 victory against the 20-year old Italian to earn a quarter-final match against American Tommy Paul.
Speaking after the game, the 2012 US Open winner was satisfied with his display, which he felt was better than his recent ones. “I did well tonight…it was a good solid performance and something that’s kind of been missing a bit recently…a good win,” he admitted.
Andy attributed the win to playing a style that works for him, not the rushed and aggressive display he has shown at times this season. “…I’ve got away from that a little bit…I’ve rushed or tried to finish points a little bit too early…” he spoke of the way he has played lately.
Thinking back to when he said he would get better, the Scot said he’d keep pushing and was assured that his doubts about top-level championships were now dispelled. “I’m playing at the top level and winning matches against top players…that argument is finished.” I can compete at the top level, “Murray assured us.