A confident Andy Murray continued his unbeaten start to the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro on Wednesday, cruising past Alexander Zverev 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the innovative gaming tournament.
“I am just much better than the other guys,” teased a jovial Murray. “That’s just the reality.”
The two-time Madrid champion, who improves to 4-0 this week, has lost just two games in four matches to reach the last four. In Group 1, Murray defeated fellow quarter-finalist Benoit Paire 3-1 and scored 3-0 victories against Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov.
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Zverev struggled to cope with Murray’s skill throughout the contest, played on Tennis World Tour’s Manolo Santana Stadium. The 2018 champion, who ends his campaign with a 2-2 record, even changed his controller during the match in an attempt to reverse his fortunes.
“When I played Rafa, he was saying that I had been practising so much and today the controller was wrong with Zverev. Everyone has got their excuses, but the reason is I am just better than them,” joked Murray.
Murray will meet Group 2 winner Diego Schwartzman or Group 3 runner-up Fabio Fognini for a place in the championship match. Before the tournament, Murray practised with Schwartzman and referred to the Argentine’s level as ‘terrible’.
Stefanos Tsitsipas ended David Ferrer’s virtual return to ATP Tour action in Wednesday’s second quarter-final, beating the two-time Madrid semi-finalist 6-2. The World No. 6 fired a backhand winner down the line to end Ferrer’s run and join Murray with a 4-0 record this week.
Make sure to tune in to the Mutua Madrid Open’s Facebook page to watch the two remaining quarter-final matches. David Goffin will face Benoit Paire at 18:45 (CEST), before Schwartzman and Fognini meet at 19:15 (CEST).