Published On: Thu, Oct 17th, 2019

Andy Murray gives verdict after European Open win over Pablo Cuevas | Tennis | Sport

Andy Murray says he was pleased with how he performed after knocking out Pablo Cuevas at the European Open.

In the first round on Tuesday against Kimmer Coppejans, Murray was not at his best but did enough to come through.

However, against Cuevas in the second round, Murray showed glimpses of his old self as he beat the Uruguayan 6-4 6-3 on Thursday.

Murray served beautifully, losing just six points on his first serve, moved well and his body language exuded positivity throughout the 83-minute match.

And speaking after the match, Murray was clearly happy with the result.

“I felt a bit better out there today,” he said.

“I thought I served quite well for most of the match and when I was able to get into the baseline rallies I felt like I was hitting the ball quite clean which is good.

“He served very well which made it difficult for me to get the breaks but I thought for me it was a good match.

“I think [the speed] is getting there.

“It sometimes takes a little bit longer to get warmed up in the matches and sort of feel confident with my movement.

“But today from the beginning of the match I started pretty well and it was a good day today.

Murray will face Romanian qualifier Marius Copil on Friday for a place in the semi-finals.

The last time the two men met, they played a gruelling three-set match which ended in the early hours of the morning with Murray in tears after winning.

The former British no 1 made reference to that match in his post-match comments and the struggle he was having with his hip.

“I’ve played [Copil] once before. It was a very tough match for me in Washington last year when I was having a lot of problems with my hip at that stage,” he said.

“So I know him a little bit, he’s had some good wins this week. He plays well on this surface so I’ll need to be ready for that.

“He serves extremely well so I’ll need to return well.”

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