Former world No. 1 Andy Murray said he felt OK physically after overcoming a two-hour and 35-minute long quarterfinal at the European Open in Antwerp. Murray, now ranked at No. 243 in the world, beat world No. 92 Marius Copil 6-3 6-7 (7) 6-4 to reach his first ATP semifinal since 2017.
Copil showed great mental strength in the second set tie-break as he saved a set point, before converting his own second set point to force a decider against the three-time Grand Slam champion. However, failing to convert a match point didn't affect Murray, who broke Copil in the ninth game of the third set and then routinely served out for the match.
"I feel OK just now, it's more how you pull up the following day," Murray in his on-court interview, per Sky Sports. "The good thing about the indoor matches is that the points are fairly short so it doesn't take as much out of you as on some of the slower courts outside.
I feel OK and hopefully I'll pull up well tomorrow." Murray twice failed to serve out for the match against Fabio Fognini at the Shanghai Masters but didn't let the same mistake happen to him against Copil. "I haven't played loads of matches in the last few years so when you get to the end of the match it's always difficult to serve it out," Murray added. Murray plays against either Argentina's Guido Pella or French Ugo Humbert.