Murray Triumphs In Nottingham For Back-To-Back Challenger Titles

Briton rises to No. 38 in Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings
June 18, 2023
Andy Murray wins the 2023 Nottingham Challenger.
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Andy Murray wins the 2023 Nottingham Challenger. By ATP Staff

It's a perfect 10 for Andy Murray on the ATP Challenger Tour to kick-start his 2023 grass-court season.

The former World No. 1 defeated #NextGenATP Frenchman Arthur Cazaux 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to claim the trophy at the Rothesay Open in Nottingham. Murray delivered a dominant serving performance, during which he won 83 per cent (24/29) of points behind his first delivery, to earn a one-hour, 46-minute win at the Challenger 125 event in Great Britain.

It was a second consecutive Challenger title for Murray, who also lifted the trophy at the Lexus Surbiton Trophy a week ago. With his win, the Briton joined Max Purcell and Matteo Arnaldi as the only players with three titles at that level in 2023.

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Murray did not drop a set in Nottingham in another demonstration of his ability on grass. The 36-year-old has lifted eight tour-level titles on the surface, including Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016.

The former World No. 1 will now seek to extend his 10-match winning streak when he returns to ATP Tour action next week at the Cinch Championships. Murray is a record five-time champion at the Queen’s Club, and he will head to London having risen six spots to No. 38 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings as a result of his Nottingham run.

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