In a powerful and managed show, the three-time grand slam champion broke his 20-year-old opponent twice within the second set and emerged victorious in a 7-6(4) 6-3 triumph, advancing to the quarterfinal of the match.
Murray stated it was a “very powerful match. He hits the ball enormous from the again of the courtroom, so [there was] quite a lot of lengthy rallies and quite a lot of working, nevertheless it’s in all probability my greatest win of the season and I need to hold it working.
“I’ve performed quite a lot of guys ranked between three and 4 on this planet and 15, 16, and I’ve received a few them this yr, however I’ve misplaced fairly a number of so it is good to begin to flip these matches round. Now, I am within the quarters, [I want] to have a deep run right here.”
The Scot underwent a hip resurfacing operation in 2019 — his second hip operation in simply over a yr — in a bid to save lots of his profession, however nagging accidents have continued to hamper his return.
He additionally examined constructive for Covid-19 in January, forcing him to overlook February’s Australian Open.
“I believe I nonetheless have quite a bit to supply,” he stated. “If my physique stays good and I will construct some momentum with extra tournaments and matches, I consider I can get proper up there once more.”
The Scot will face American Tommy Paul within the quarterfinal.