Murray Marches On At Shenzhen Open

Andy Murray advances to the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open

SHENZHEN, September 27, 2018

Andy Murray advanced to the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open. The wild card entry from Great Britain beat defending champion and No. 1 seed David Goffin 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday.

Murray fired 15 aces, winning 70 per cent of his first service points to secure victory in one hour and 35 minutes.

“I felt like in terms of the way I hit the ball, it was the best I’ve played, and I think I knew that I was going to have to hit the ball very well if I wanted to win,” Murray said after his biggest win since his comeback.

“I love the conditions that we play in. Usually it’s quite humid, and the courts are a little bit faster than what we usually play on the tour. The conditions that I like are fast courts with slow balls, and with the humidity, that slows the ball down a little bit. I feel like I’m able to control the ball very well here.”

Murray, who improved to 6-0 in head-to-head records against Goffin, will next take on Spanish veterans Fernando Verdasco. The fifth seed from Madrid rallied past Taro Daniel of Japan 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Alex de Minaur also came back from one set down to overcome US-American Mackenzie McDonald 1-6, 7-6(1), 6-0. The #NextGenATP Australian finished the encounter after two hours and 39 minutes to face No. 4 seed Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the stage of the final eight.