Murray creates semi-final showdown against British No 1 Dan Evans on Saturday
Last Updated: 25/06/20 10:27pm
Andy Murray qualified for the semi-finals at Schroders Battle of the Brits after defeating James Ward in another physically-demanding encounter.
Murray experienced tiredness and fatigue but conjured up some of his old magic to defeat a resilient Ward 6-3 7-5 in a gruelling clash.
The Scot was playing his third match of the week, having perhaps not played since November because of bruised bone.
But he battled hard to take the first set, and then fought back from the break down in the 2nd to just take the match.
After losing his second match in three sets to Kyle Edmund, the 33-year-old needed a win to succeed in the tournament, and he were able to come through in straight sets.
“It’s unbelievably hot conditions in here and because there’s no air conditioning allowed it’s pretty hot everywhere which is quite draining,” Murray said.
“I know it’s not the worst situation to be in but usually if you should be playing a match you will find a cold space to attend and build-up to the match and dropping the body temperature.
“But here there isn’t any air conditioning allowed, it’s pretty hot every-where and it’s quite draining.
“I’ve been feeling it a little bit and obviously I’ve played three matches, the last two were a pretty high level, it’s been tough but I did quite well.”
Earlier on in the day, British No 1 Dan Evans, who now plays Murray, produced an eye-catching 6-3 6-3 victory over Cameron Norrie to secure his invest the semi-finals.
Also, 20-year-old Paul Jubb, who won the prestigious 2019 NCAA singles championship edged out Ryan Penistone 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 10-6.
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