Former world No. 1 Andy Murray underlined 13th-ranked Matteo Berrettini was a hard test and challenge for him after clinching his biggest win since returning from a hip resurfacing surgery. Murray, now ranked at No. 503 in the world, edged out this year's US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini in two tight sers 7-6 (2) 7-6 (7) to progress into the Beijing round-of-16.
"It's tough,’ Murray said post-match, per Metro UK. "I haven’t played many matches. At the end there I was just trying to fight and play as offensively as possible. It cost me on a few points but helped me out a little bit as well at the end.
I managed to get over the line with a good passing shot at the end." Murray broke back Berrettini in the 10th game when the Italian was serving for the first set, before he dominated the tie-break to steal the opener.
Berrettini had his chances in the second set as well but failed to convert as Murray recovered from a break down and saved two set points in the tie-break, before realizing his first match point.
"I think in the first set I served better than him," Murray said."
In the second set I don’t think there was a difference really. We played some very tight points up at the net and thankfully I came out on top one or two points more. The second set was really close." Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray plays next fellow compatriot Cameron Norrie.