Andy Murray continues his push for a third straight Madrid final on Thursday, taking on Borna Coric for a spot in the quarter finals of Madrid.
The Scot defeated wildcard Marius Copil in straight sets on Tuesday, breaing once in each set for a 6-4 6-3 victory. Murray had been struggling recently but was dominant on serve against Copil, facing no break points. While it was against a markedly lesser level of opponent, he is happy with the way things went. “When I started to control the points more towards the end of the first set and second set, you know, I was hitting the ball pretty clean, creating a few chances. I didn’t give him any opportunities.” he said on his opener.
Murray is growing in confidence which should bode him well for later rounds. “I think the altitude does also help a bit with that. It’s a good sign for me that my serve is getting better. Hopefully that continues that way. When I serve well, the rest of my game tends to follow. It’s an important part of the game for me. ” said Murray.
After losing in qualifying, Coric got another chance and took full advantage with a kind draw – picking up wins over Mischa Zverev and Pierre Hugues Herbert to make it this far. In terms of his next opponent, Coric’s one win over Murray was a surprisingly one-sided 6-1 6-3 victory in Dubai in 2015 although Murray avenged that later in the year for the loss of just three games in Paris.
Prediction – Andy Murray in straight sets