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Murray through to last-16 of European Open

Murray through to last-16 of European Open

15/10/2019 at 19:52Updated 15/10/2019 at 22:46

Andy Murray is through to the last-16 of the European Open after a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) win over German Kimmer Coppejans in Antwerp.

Murray, currently ranked 243rd in the world, shared the first eight games of the match with Coppejans before breaking and serving out the first set.

But Coppejans, ranked 278th, fought back and broke Murray early in the second set, only for the Scot to rally and level things up at 3-3.

The rest of the second set stayed on serve, but it was two-time Wimbledon champion Murray who held his nerve to win a tense tie-break 7-4 and take the match.

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Up next for Murray is either eighth seed Pablo Cuevas or Bolivia's Hugo Dellien, who meet in the first round on Wednesday.

Murray, who won his first ATP Tour matches since his surgery during the Asian swing and reached the quarter-finals of the China Open, is hoping to regain full match fitness before he makes his much-anticipated Grand Slam return at next year's Australian Open.

South Korea's Kwon Soon-woo earlier rallied past Frenchman Richard Gasquet 1-6 6-3 6-4 while Feliciano Lopez beat Cameron Norrie 7-6(2) 6-4.

Also advancing were Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, France's Gilles Simon and Italy's Jannik Sinner.

Additional reporting via Reuters