Andy Murray beats qualifier Viktor Durasovic at the Stockholm Open to set up second-round clash with top seed Jannik Sinner… with three-time grand slam champion proving too good in straight sets victory
- Andy Murray reached the Stockholm Open second round with a straight sets win
- Three-time grand slam champion Murray beat 354th-ranked Viktor Durasovic
- Durasovic had rallied in the second set but Murray ultimately proved too good
Andy Murray saw off qualifier Viktor Durasovic to set up a second-round clash with top seed Jannik Sinner at the Stockholm Open.
The three-time grand slam champion was too good for 354th-ranked Durasovic in the first set but the Norwegian battled impressively in the second before going down 6-1 7-6 (7).
Fifth seed Taylor Fritz continued his strong form from Paris last week, defeating Egor Gerasimov 6-4 6-4, while sixth seed Alexander Bublik retired injured trailing Arthur Rinderknech 6-1 2-0.
Andy Murray beat qualifier Viktor Durasovic to reach the second round at the Stockholm Open
At the Next Gen ATP Finals, featuring the best players of the season aged 21 and under, top seed Carlos Alcaraz produced an impressive display in his opening match.
The Spaniard defeated fellow 18-year-old Holger Rune 4-3 (6) 4-2 4-0, while second seed Sebastian Korda battled back for a 3-4 (2) 3-4 (6) 4-0 4-3 (3) 4-0 victory over Hugo Gaston.
The tournament features a number of innovations, including first-to-four-game sets, while this year there is courtside coaching, limited medical time-outs and timed bathroom breaks.
Three-time grand slam champion Murray proved too good despite Durasovic’s fine second set
At the Next Gen ATP Finals, Carlos Alcaraz produced an impressive display in his first match
There were mixed fortunes for the two Argentinian participants.
Sebastian Baez defeating Lorenzo Musetti 4-1 4-1 3-4 (5) 4-3 (5) but Juan Manuel Cerundolo losing 4-1 3-4 (3) 4-1 4-0 to Brandon Nakashima.
Sinner and Felix Auger-Aliassime, who both would have been eligible, chose to skip the tournament.