Newport | Murray reaches last eight

Andy Murray recovered from a set down to reach the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island by defeating Australia’s Max Purcell 4-6 6-2 6-1.

He was using a lot of slice off both sides, which is very rare. It took some time to get used to that way of playing Andy Murray

Purcell, who won the Wimbledon double’s title with compatriot Mathew Ebden, broke Murray twice to win the first set and then led by a break in the second, before the former world No.1 found his form to win six consecutive games and force a decider.

There Murray kept up the pressure dropping just one game but ended the match after two-hours and 23-minutes, limping, which doesn’t augur well for his next match against the third seeded Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan who beat Jack Sock 6-3 3-6 6-2.

“He has a very different game style to a lot of the players on Tour nowadays,” Murray said post-match. “He was using a lot of slice off both sides, which is very rare. It took some time to get used to that way of playing.

“Then once I started to find my rhythm a little bit in the middle of the second set, I was able to dictate points and push him around the court a little bit more, whereas in the first set I certainly wasn’t doing that.”

Murray, who has set himself a target of gaining sufficient points to be seeded at this year’s US Open, was made to work hard throughout the match in hot conditions on the grass courts of Rhode Island, an event he last played in in 2006.

Murray finished the match with seven breaks from 15 chances while saving seven of the break points against him.

Fourth seed Maxime Cressy also advanced courtesy of a 6-3 6-4 win in an all-American matchup against Steve Johnson to reach the semi-finals where he will next face John Inser who took out Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 7-6(2) 5-7(6) 7-6(5)

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