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Murray will return to action against fifth seed Brandon Nakashima on Friday

Andy Murray took a step closer to a first individual turf title in six years, but only after overcoming a test match with Gijs Brouwer to win 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3 ) and progress through Surbiton. Quarter Final Trophy.

The three-time Grand Slam winner needed almost two hours to knock out the Dutchman, who had topped the standings to reach the round of 16 of the ATP Challenger Tour.

Murray had skipped the French Open to begin preparations for Wimbledon soon and followed Monday’s usual win over Yuri Rodionov with a more tricky victory this time around.

He will return to action at South West London headquarters on Friday against fifth seed Brandon Nakashima to try to taste success on that surface for the first time since winning SW19 in 2016.

As in his first game at the Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club, Murray started with an ace to delight the crowded 604-seat central court with longtime physiotherapist Shane Annun and strength and balance coach Matt Little he sat back among the spectators.

Brouwer stood firm in the opening rallies and fired a few aces before having to save two break points in the sixth serve game.

Murray last won a turf tournament in 2016

Murray last won a turf tournament in 2016

It was Murray’s turn to be behind with the 5-5, but he finally held on before it took a tie to decide the first goal.

The former Olympic champion’s service had been impressive during the first set and two more aces were followed by an exceptional setback on the line to end the 7-4 tie-break.

Murray had won in less than 58 minutes on Monday, but with that first game lasting six minutes less, he highlighted the challenge posed by world number 230 Brouwer.

He continued on the same line in the second and, while the two-time Wimbledon champion saved a breaking point in the fourth game, he was unable to repeat the trick in his next service game and was ahead 4 – 2.

The instant response was produced by Murray, who showed great movement by getting a shot on the net to regain the set in service.

Brouwer maintained his level to make sure the Briton served twice to stay in the set, which he did to force another tie-break.

Murray’s quality shone there with a mix of strong returns and excellent services, seeing him prevail in an hour and 50 minutes.

He has won victories in a row on the pitch and three more will make sure to lift the silver again in England on Sunday.

Cilic-inspired Murray ahead of Wimbledon

Marin Cilic has just become the fifth active player to reach the semifinals of the four Grand Slams

Marin Cilic has just become the fifth active player to reach the semifinals of the four Grand Slams

After his victory, Murray spoke of being inspired by the semifinalist of the French Open Marin Cilic.

While Murray is in action in London on Friday, Cilic, 33, will be on the Paris track to try to reach a first final at Roland Garros.

Another inspiration for Murray is Rafael Nadal, also in action on Friday.

“I don’t know if it’s Rafa’s last race or not because he seems to be doing very well physically during the event, so I hope he can continue for a while, but there are a few guys,” Murray said.

“Cilic is also someone I grew up with when I was a junior and with whom I played a lot. He has just qualified for the French semi-finals for the first time at the age of 33 and is playing very well.

“I can be inspired by these guys.”

Then, looking specifically at his encounter with Brouwer, Murray praised the practice that saved his life.

“Today has not been my best performance, but I have had to play a lot of important points and face pressure situations that are not the same as in training,” explained Murray.

“I’ve done a lot of training, I’ve trained a lot, so now I need the matches. That’s why I’ve come into the next few weeks of events and look forward to getting a lot of matches and getting ready for Wibledon. »

After Surbiton, Murray will play at the Stuttgart Open and Queen’s Club later in June, before appearing on the court of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

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