Vienna Open: Andy Murray beats Hubert Hurkacz to reach second round

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Andy Murray beat Hubert Hurkacz in the final of three meetings this season

Andy Murray of Britain beat Hubert Hurkacz three sets to win his first victory against a top-10 player in this season. He will now reach round two at the Vienna Open.

Murray won after a battle lasting two hours and forty minutes with the fifth seed, world number 10.

He said, "My movement has been improving with each match."

"It was an excellent match that could have gone either direction. It was a win in difficult circumstances.

34-year old added that a lot of his movement was about anticipation.

"Now, I can see the ball better and react faster to it. This will allow me to chase down more balls."

Murray's victory came after Dan Evans, a compatriot in the defeat, was defeated in straight sets by Carlos Alcaraz, a Spanish teenager.

Murray's victory against Poland's Hurkacz was his first of three attempts to win this year.

The Scot was defeated by Metz's 24-year-old, Cincinnati, by the same 7-6 (7-4 6-3) score.

Alcaraz, 18, will face the former world number one. He beat him in Indian Wells last month.

Alcaraz denied Evans an all British tie with Murray in the second round.

Evans, 31, was twice able to get back to level in the second set. Alcaraz won the service game from a lead of 40-15.

Evans responded with an early break that gave him a 3-1 lead in the second set. However, he lost five consecutive games to fall 6-4 6-3.

Cameron Norrie, Britain's number 1 player, begins his tournament against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on Tuesday.


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