Comeback Murray power naps into China Open quarter final

Andy Murray credited a pre-match nap with waking up his tennis as the Scot advnced to an injury comeback quarter-final on Wednesday at the China Open.,

Murray’s Beijing bounce marked the first time in his year-long hip surgery comeback that he has won two consecutive matches.

The 32-year-old treble grand Slam champion explained how he beat fatigue to reach the last eight.

Murray’s wakeup call resulted in a defeat of fellow Briton Cameron Norrie 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 6-1, a  struggle which lasted nearly three hours.

“I’m tired, I just had a sleep before coming,” the winner said. “I’m really tired. I need to get used to (playing back-to-back) matches.

The Scot called his victory “a good step for me.

“It’s great that I won the match. Whether I’d won or lost it, I was able to come out the following day and be competitive and play some good tennis.

“But obviously I’m happy I’ve got the day off tomorrow to recover.”

Murray last played a quarter-final at another Chinese event, the tournament in Shenzhen last September when he lost to Fernando Verdasco.

Murray won Beijing three years ago when his hip problems were only starting to affect his play.

Monte Carlo champion Fabio Fognini reached the quarters over Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 and Russian Karen Khachanovbeat Jeremy Chardy 7-6(0_, 7-6(5).

In the Beijing women’s draw, world No. 1 Ash Barty will line up against Petra Kvitova for the fourth time this season, with the Australian trailing 1-2 in the series.

Double Wimbledon winner Kvitova beat her twice in January, including an Australian Open quarter-final.

Barty booked her spot in Beijing with a defeat of local Zheng Saisai 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 6-2 in two and a half hours.

Barty was plagued by 42 unforced errors but managed to get over the line without losing a set.

The top seed was unable to dig out of a 6-1 hole in the second-set tiebreaker to lose the set before breaking twice in the third chapter to run to victory.

Kvitova advanced over Swiss Belinda Bencic 6-3,6-3.

US Open winner US Open champion Bianca Andreescu beat Elise Mertens 6-3 7-6 (7-5); 2017 New York finalist Madison Keys lost to US compatriot Jennifer Brady 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online

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