Andy Murray wins at Madrid Open to set up Novak Djokovic clash; Emma Raducanu steps out amid past issue
Andy Murray continued his return to clay with a stunning 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Denis Shapovalov on Tuesday to set up a round of 16 clash against Novak Djokovic.
Elsewhere, Emma Raducanu led a spirited comeback against Anhelina Kalinina but did not prevail, exiting the competition in a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 loss as she suffered with a back problem.
Djokovic made light work of France’s Gael Monfils in a 6-3, 6-2 win, meaning he will face Murray for the first time since 2017.
“He’s number 1 in the world and I have a metal hip,” Murray told Amazon Prime.
“I didn’t know that I would have the opportunity to play games like this again. In theory, I shouldn’t be lucky in the game.
“But I worked my best, put myself in a great position and it’s a fantastic opportunity to play against him again on a big pitch in a huge tournament.”
Murray, who had planned to skip the clay season before reversing his decision, picked up a solid victory over world No. 16 Shapovalov, with the three-set match going into the early hours of the morning.
Meanwhile, Raducanu said she was unlikely to beat Ukraine’s Kalinina as she rallied for a comeback despite a back problem.
“I would have given myself a 5% chance of winning this game,” she said.
“For that [the comeback] almost happen, I think that was a positive thing.”
The 19-year-old received back treatment at the end of the first set before breaking Kalinina three times to win the next set.
Kalinina got off to a 3-1 start in the third but looked thwarted when Raducanu staged a thrilling comeback to take a 4-3 lead. However, Kalinina regained her composure and smashed Raducanu before serving for the match.