“He obviously got very frustrated”
Andy Murray’s Wimbledon preparations took another big step in the right direction after he reached the Boss Open final in Stuttgart.
The three-time Grand Slam champion beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to face Italian Matteo Berrettini on Sunday.
Keeping his composure in the clash, the 35-year-old emerged victorious after witnessing two acts of petulance from the Australian who received a penalty point after breaking his racquet in response to the loss of the first set, before being assessed a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the second set.
Murray is yet to drop a set in a four-game winning streak in Stuttgart, a good omen for her first round-level grass-court final since her second victory at Wimbledon in 2016.
Speaking after the match, Murray said: You are always fighting against yourself as well as the opponent, that’s one of the hard things in individual sports.
“Nick has the potential to be one of the best players in the world, there’s absolutely no doubt about that. But he obviously got very frustrated in the second set and made it a lot easier for me.
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“I’m happy to be in the final. I played well this week and I have a great opportunity against Matteo tomorrow.
With the opportunity to win his first ATP Tour title since 2019, Murray’s Wimbledon preparations will continue next week at the Cinch Championship at Queen’s, where he will face Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.
If all goes well, Murray will then be ready to compete at Wimbledon with the illustrious grand slam itself kicking off on June 27.