Andy Murray was taken the distance by Hubert Hurkacz but sealed one of his biggest wins of 2021!

As the summer has turned into autumn and now the end of the season is in sight Andy Murray has been on the hunt for some big wins, since Wimbledon he has improved week on week and won some impressive and close matches but against top players has fallen short.

Marseille – 6-7 1-6 (Gerasimov)
Rotterdam – 5-7 2-6 (Rublev)
Cincinnati – 6-7 3-6 (Hurkacz)
Winston-Salem – 6-7 3-6 (Tiafoe)
US Open – 6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 4-6 (Tsitsipas)
Metz – 6-7 3-6 (Hurkacz)
San Diego – 5-7 4-6 (Ruud)
Indian Wells – 4-6 6-7 (Zverev) – Murray won 6-3 6-2 (Mannarino) and 5-7 6-3 6-2 (Alcaraz) before.
Antwerp – 4-6 6-7 (Schwartzman) – Murray won 7-6 6-7 7-6 vs Tiafoe in R1

Once again it was Hubert Hurkacz who’s place in Turin was on the rocks…

Opening sets against Hurkacz have been quite close but it was at 4-4 in the opener that the Brit took a lead and then served out the first set to take it 6-4 against the Pole.

The second set did turn into a bit of a battle but the Brit found his backhand time and time again. Down 2-3 on serve it looked like three sets might be on the cards as he slipped down 0-40. Murray fought to deuce before saving another break point to level the set at three each.

Two opportunities then knocked for Murray but he couldn’t convert his break points with pressure back on the Brit. Down 30-40 he pulled out a stunning backhand cross court to force a short ball from Hurkacz and keeping the set level.

In the tie-break the Brit went 2-0 up but then it became a nervy affair, a match point came and went and a forehand long from Murray gifted the second set to Hurkacz 8-6 on the tie-break.

The third set did not start off well for Murray going down an early break after losing his sixth tie-break against a top 20 plenty this year but from 0-1 down he soon rallied to find his exceptionally high level once again. 0-1 to 4-2 the Brit was up a break and serving for a 5-2 lead and closing in on one of his biggest wins of the year.

It was a comfortable hold of serve from Murray who would then ask the question of Hurkacz to keep his Vienna run alive as well as his chance of qualifying in Turin.

5-3, time for Murray to serve it out.

0-30 then 15-30, Hurkacz almost saw two break points but his forehand was inches wide and Murray used his to set up a second match point.

It was tricky, two break points came but after 160 minutes sealed a 6-4 6-7 6-3 win!

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