Andy Murray beats Denis Shapovalov to set up Madrid Open meeting with Novak Djokovic |  Tennis News

Andy Murray sets up Madrid Open encounter with Novak Djokovic: ‘I shouldn’t be lucky,’ says Brit | Tennis News

Andy Murray earns his first top-20 victory this year with a 6-1 3-6 6-2 win over Denis Shapovalov; Murray will next face world number 1 Novak Djokovic, who qualified for the last 16 with a straight-sets win over Gael Monfils; Britain’s youngster Jack Draper no match for upset Andrey Rublev

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Andy Murray beat Denis Shapovalov 6-1 3-6 6-2 to set up a last-16 clash with Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open

Andy Murray beat Denis Shapovalov 6-1 3-6 6-2 to set up a last-16 clash with Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open

Andy Murray says he “shouldn’t have the chance” to upset Novak Djokovic after facing the world No.1 in the third round of the Madrid Open in what will be their first meeting on the ATP Tour since 2017.

Murray, 34, outlasted Denis Shapovalov in a three-set thriller on Tuesday night and will now face Djokovic in the last 16 after the Serb dispatched Gael Monfils in straight sets.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Murray, who received a wildcard for the event, said of his 37th career clash with Djokovic: “He’s obviously No. 1 in the world. [and] I play with a metal hip, so I should be out of luck.

“I thought about it a bit at the start of the third set. I didn’t know if I was going to have the chance to play matches like that again.”

Murray had an exciting meeting with Shapovalov

Murray had an exciting meeting with Shapovalov

Murray: My game is in good shape

“In theory, I shouldn’t have a chance in the game, but I put myself in a great position,” Murray continued. “I’ve worked extremely hard over the last five or six weeks to get here and it’s a fantastic opportunity to play against him again on a huge pitch in a big tournament. My game is in good shape.

“My movement has been so much better than at the start of the year and that makes a huge difference to my overall game. It allows me to make different decisions on the pitch. I will have a fantastic attitude in the game , do my best and see where I am.”

Djokovic said of Murray: “He’s moving well, playing better and better. It’s really fantastic to see because he’s an important player for our game.

“He made his mark in the history of our sport by winning multiple Grand Slam tournaments and gold medals and [reaching] World No. 1. It’s one of the most important names we have.

“To see him compete again is great, and to even have him play at [a] high level over time is impressive, considering the surgery and what he’s been through over the past few years. His resilience and fighting spirit are truly inspiring.”

It was Murray's first win this year over a top-20 player

It was Murray’s first win this year over a top-20 player

Murray stuns Shapovalov in Madrid

Murray produced a stunning first-set display on Tuesday night before Shapovalov battled to level the game.

However, the two-time champion – Murray won this tournament in 2008 and 2015 – was not to be denied his first win over a top-20 player this year, eventually sealing a 6-1 3-6 6-2 victory in two hours. and nine minutes.

The Scot, who marked his return to clay for the first time in two years with a straight-sets win over Dominic Thiem in the first round, proved too strong for Shapovalov in the decider.

Murray took an early lead in the competition, breaking Shapovalov’s serve twice before claiming the first set in 36 minutes.

The British number 3, behind Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans in the national rankings, put more pressure on Shapovalov’s serve in the fifth game of the second set.

Murray squandered two break points and was broken for the first time in the game in the following game to trail 5-2 before Shapovalov served to level the game at a set after an hour and 25 minutes.

The deciding set went on serve until game five, before Murray grabbed his first break point of the set to take a 4-2 lead.

Murray, currently 78th in the ATP rankings, held 5-2 again and took a 40-0 lead on Shapovalov’s serve before sealing another impressive victory on his third match point.

Djokovic beat Gael Monfils to reach the last 16

Djokovic beat Gael Monfils to reach the last 16

Djokovic guarantees first place; Draper fails to upset Rublev

Djokovic, playing in only his fourth tournament of the season after a difficult time off the pitch, extended his perfect record against Monfils to 18 wins in as many games.

The Serb secured a record 369th week atop the ATP rankings with a 6-3 6-2 win.

Earlier Tuesday, Jack Draper fell just short of a major scalp in a second-round loss to Andrey Rublev.

The 20-year-old is set to become the next British player to break into the top 100 and he showed his huge potential again against sixth seed Rublev, who beat Djokovic in his hometown of Belgrade to win his last tournament.

Jack Draper put up a valiant effort against Andrey Rublev

Jack Draper put up a valiant effort against Andrey Rublev

Draper overpowered his Russian opponent in the first set and led 3-0 in the third but Rublev fought back to claim a 2-6 6-4 7-5 victory.

Draper knocked out top-30 player Lorenzo Sonego in the first round of his first tour-level match on clay and he used his big serve and southpaw forehand to shock Rublev early on.

The young Briton, who took a set against Djokovic at Wimbledon last year, also has good cushioning and is comfortable at the net, and he fought back after a breakdown in the second before Rublev regained momentum. advance.

Draper looked like he could find a way to win when he won the decider’s first three games but, with cramps starting to set in, it was Rublev who finally found a way through.

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