Murray: 'Everyone Has Got Their Excuses'
Brit to meet Schwartzman in semi-finals
A confident Andy Murray continued his unbeaten start to the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro on Wednesday, cruising past Alexander Zverev 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the innovative gaming tournament.
“I am just much better than the other guys,” teased a jovial Murray. “That’s just the reality.”
The two-time Madrid champion, who improves to 4-0 this week, has lost just two games in four matches to reach the last four. In Group 1, Murray defeated Benoit Paire 3-1 and scored 3-0 victories against Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov.
Zverev struggled to cope with Murray’s skill throughout the contest, played on Tennis World Tour’s Manolo Santana Stadium. The 2018 champion, who ends his campaign with a 2-2 record, even changed his controller during the match in an attempt to reverse his fortunes.
“When I played Rafa, he was saying that I had been practising so much and today the controller was wrong with Zverev. Everyone has got their excuses, but the reason is I am just better than them,” joked Murray.
Murray will meet Group 2 winner Diego Schwartzman, who beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, for a place in the championship match. Before the tournament, Murray practised with Schwartzman and referred to the Argentine’s level as ‘terrible’.
Stefanos Tsitsipas ended David Ferrer’s virtual return to ATP Tour action in Wednesday’s second quarter-final, beating the two-time Madrid semi-finalist 6-2. The World No. 6 fired a backhand winner down the line to end Ferrer’s run and join Murray with a 4-0 record this week.
Tsitsipas will face David Goffin for a spot in the final. The Group 4 winner raced past Paire 6-0.