Every good aspect ended in the ATP 250 in Stockholm for Andy Murray, who was eliminated on Thursday. In a close encounter like a mutant, the number one player fell to Tommy Ball 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The expectation in the Scotsman was no shortage in the previous encounter, after defeating Viktor Durasovich, in the first round, and after passing a tough test against a top ten like Yannick Sener to reach this state, in the second round.
In addition to satisfying these victories, they also did their work in the physical 143rd ranking of the world rankings, the match of which was initially complicated by the intensity of North America.
Sir Andy received three service breaks by the American, who barely managed to do so. For this reason, the 52nd in the world took an advantage almost without problems in 46 minutes of play.
The next time, Murray removed the opposite start and reacted with spades. After a remarkable par in the meeting, he only hit with a break to equalize and put himself in the game again.
However, all the momentum collapsed in the third set, when the New Jersey-born returned to his best side in the game to continue the match forward and break the UK’s service to the set 5-3. The latter, upset at the conclusion, made a double fault and facilitated the victory of his opponent, after two hours and 17 minutes.
In this way, Paul reached the semi-finals in Sweden, and in that round, he will face his compatriot Francis Tiafoe, who knocked out another Briton, Daniel Evans, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.
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