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Andy Murray makes it to the second round of the BOSS Open in Stuttgart; Brit beat Christopher O’Connell in straight sets as he continued to prepare for Wimbledon; Murray will also be playing at Queen’s next week

Last updated: 07/06/22 5:22 pm

Andy Murray makes it to the second round in Stuttgart

Andy Murray makes it to the second round in Stuttgart

Andy Murray continued his Wimbledon preparations with a straight-set win over Australia’s Christopher O’Connell in the first round of the BOSS Open in Stuttgart.

The 35-year-old recovered from his first three-match loss of the match to get through 6-4 6-3 in one hour and 35 minutes against the world number 116.

Murray won four matches on grass at the ATP Challenger event in Surbiton last week as he reached the semi-finals before finishing his lap by Denis Kudla.

Next, Murray will be the number seven seed Alexander Bublikwho defeated the American Kudla.

Murray had won two of the previous three matches against Kazakhstan Bublik, but lost in their most recent clash in Indian Wells in March.

Murray is also scheduled to compete next week at Queen’s Club, which he has won five times before (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016) before Wimbledon begins on June 27.

“I just want to keep improving week in, week out and match-by-match,” Murray said after the win over O’Connell.

“It’s all you can really do. You can’t control the outcome, you can’t predict how the result will turn out but hopefully I can improve every round.”

Also on Tuesday, Dominic Stricker surprise in the first round when the Swiss star upset Maxime Cressy.

The 19-year-old completed a 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-2) win to set up a clash with top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Marton Fucsovics dropped the opening set against Austrian Jurij Rodionov, but he went on to win 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 and secure a second-round meeting with third seed Hubert Hurkacz.

Raducanu retires due to injury | ‘I don’t know anything about Wimbledon’

Emma Raducanu retired early in the first set and then equalized 4-3

Emma Raducanu retired early in the first set and then equalized 4-3

Emma Raducanu has raised doubts about her fitness for Wimbledon after retiring from the Nottingham Open with a left injury.

The 19-year-old took a 4-3 lead in the first set against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland as she withdrew, with her third mid-match retirement since winning the US Open in 2021.

“I have no idea [if I will be fit for Wimbledon]. I cannot diagnose myself. I’ll check it out,” Raducanu said, as she described her injury as a “totally monstrous”.

“I need to get a scan first. I’m not going to go see ‘doctor Google’ myself. I’ll take it in for a checkup. Then we’ll see from there.”

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