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ATP roundup: Andy Murray knocks off Frances Tiafoe at Antwerp

Field Level Media
20 Oct 2021, 09:40 GMT+10

Andy Murray racked up 21 aces and outlasted American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (2), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (8) in a three-hour, 45-minute marathon to win his first-round match at the European Open at Antwerp, Belgium.

Both players had two match points during the third-set tiebreaker with Murray converting his second to claim the triumph. The Brit finished with 46 winners and 21 unforced errors, while Tiafoe had 51 winners (including eight aces) and 25 unforced errors.

Jenson Brooksby upset fifth-seeded Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-4 in a battle of Americans, and Brandon Nakashima, also from the United States, notched a 6-4, 6-0 win over sixth-seeded Alex de Minaur of Australia. Seventh-seeded Lloyd Harris of South Africa registered a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Zizou Bergs of Belgium.

Kremlin Cup

Illya Marchenko of Ukraine recorded six aces during a 6-4, 6-3 upset of fifth-seeded Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in the first round at Moscow.

Frenchman Gilles Simon also pulled off an upset, beating eighth-seeded Serbian Laslo Djere 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-3. Simon trailed in the final set before winning each of the last four games.

Among other matches, American Tommy Paul advanced with a 7-6 (7), 7-5 victory over Sweden's Mikael Ymer. Paul converted 76.1 percent of his first-serve points while Ymer's success rate was just 58.7.

--Field Level Media

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