Murray cruises through to Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro semi's

29/04/2020

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After an eventful first couple of days filled with drama, epic matches, hilarious walk on’s and Andy Murray’s brilliant in-game commentary, it was time to get down to business in the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro knock-out rounds. With the stage set for a competitive quarter-finals day, the players were itching to pick up their controllers, dust off the virtual clay and battle it out to be in with a chance of reaching tomorrow’s final.

Murray puts on a show

Coming off a strong first few days and being hotly touted as the favourite to win the whole competition, Andy Murray was first on court in his match up against Germany’s Alexander Zverev. The former world No.1 wasted absolutely no time in picking up where he left off yesterday and was in unbeatable form as he cruised to a 6-1 win.

After the match Murray was in high spirits following his convincing win. “I’m just much better than the other guys” he joked when speaking to his former doubles partner and Mutua Madrid Open Tournament Director Feliciano Lopez.

Zverev was interrupted halfway through the match after having difficulties with his controller. “Yesterday when I played Rafa he was saying that I had been practicing so much, today the controller was wrong with Zverev, everyone’s got their excuses, but I’m just better than them unfortunately.”

Not to be for Konta

WTA world No.14 Johanna Konta was the only other Brit in action today and came up against a tough opponent in Caroline Wozniacki who had impressed in her first few matches. Konta was hoping to repeat her heroics in the Miami Open final in 2017 where she beat Wozniacki to take the title, but today it wasn’t to be.

The Dane proved too strong, rarely missing a shot and making life difficult for Konta in the virtual game. Konta misses out on a semi-final spot after some fantastic performances and wins over the course of the competition.

Best of the rest

Murray will now go on to face Diego Schwartzman, who after some initial technical difficulties, managed to blast past Fabio Fognini. Murray and Schwartzman had been practicing together last week but the Brit thinks the Argentinian may have improved somewhat since then ahead of their clash.

Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to be the one to watch on the men’s side, having not lost a single game yesterday, he powered past Spain’s David Ferrer to win 6-2. He will face David Goffin who comically grunted his way to the semi-finals.

The women’s draw threw up some incredibly close matches today, starting with Sorana Christea who beat Bianca Andreescu 7-6 (4) and followed by Fiona Ferro winning another tie-break 7-6 (3) against Donna Vekic. In the final match Kiki Bertens knocked out Belinda Bencic in a 6-4 victory.

Semi-Finals Draw

Andy Murray vs Diego Schwartzman

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs David Goffin

 

Caroline Wozniacki vs Kiki Bertens

Fiona Ferro vs Sorano Cristea

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