By Ros Satar

  • Andy Murray [PR] def. Kimmer Coppejans 6-4, 7-6(4)
  • Murray v Pablo Cuevas [8] | Murray leads H2H 2-0
  • In Stockholm Dan Evans bows out in second round
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – Andy Murray is a match away from another quarter-final in this continuing comeback, facing Pablo Cuevas, Dan Evans exits in Stockholm.

 

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Andy Murray [PR] def. Kimmer Coppejans 6-4, 7-6(4)

Andy Murray continued his comeback, but it took a little effort to get to the second round against the spirited wild-card Kimmer Coppejans. At the start it looked very routine, with Murray jumping out to a 3-0 lead but he found himself pegged back after a run of double-faults and at times looking as though he was shaking out his arm. Murray put himself in a position to put pressure once more on the Belgian’s serve, but could not convert, instead breaking for the set.

The second set saw a continued resistance from Coppejans, with three straight breaks of serve putting Coppejans ahead. Murray clawed the second break back before an edgy looking tie-break coming from 1-3 behind before closing out the win.

 

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Murray v Pablo Cuevas [8] | Murray leads H2H 2-0

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Next up for the former World No. 1 is the No. 8 seed Pablo Cuevas. The Uruguayan, who once ranked in the op 20, has had to drop down to Challenger level events this year and apart from a run of decent results in the ‘Golden’ clay court spring in Latin-America, his hard court form, especially after the US Open has seen him reach a second round just twice now.

Murray has proved himself to be able to compete well with players in the Top 10-20 but maybe just lacking at times that match-sharpness to get over the line. What he can expect with Cuevas is a clay-court grinder’s style of plat with a heavy topspin forehand and a well-crafted one-handed backhand that he uses to create angles and will look at beating Murray with those as passing shots.

However, Murray perhaps comes in with just a little more momentum from the Asian swing, and should come through this.

Prediction: Murray in three sets.

 

Evans bows out in Stockholm

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In a match with a lot of angry muttering from the new British No. 1 Dan Evans, his run in Stockholm came to an end at the hands of Filip Krajinovic. What started promisingly with an early break for Evans saw Krajinovic knocking at the door to break back, rewarded mid-way through the set with levelling at 3-3. Evans broke to take the first set, with his angry muttering in full flow. His mood did not improve as the second set got away from him quite quickly.

The momentum in the decider looked to be with the Serbian with an early break. Although Evans broke back, Krajinovic regained the advantage immediately before settling the match to love. Next up for Evans will be Basel.

 

Murray & Cuevas are scheduled on Centre Court, not before 6:30pm (5:30 pm BST).

 

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