Britain’s Andy Murray reached his first ATP semi-final since 2017 with a hard-fought victory over Marius Copil on the European Open.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray got here by way of 6-Three 6-7 (7-9) 6-Four in two hours 35 minutes in Antwerp.
The Scot served for the match at 5-Four within the second set and held match level within the tie-break earlier than Copil fought again.
Nonetheless, the 32-year-old produced the decisive break within the remaining set to succeed in the final 4.
Murray will face Ugo Humbert on Saturday after the Frenchman beat Argentina’s Guido Pella 5-7 6-Four 6-Four.
It’s the former world primary’s first semi-final for the reason that 2017 French Open, when he misplaced to Stan Wawrinka.
“It was a tricky one to get by way of. Fortunately I managed to get the break proper on the finish,” Murray stated.
“I really feel OK now. It is extra about the way you pull up the next day.”
Murray broke down in tears after beating Romania’s Copil in a gruelling match on the Washington Open in 2018.
Murray, persevering with his return from hip surgical procedure, moved nicely, notably when coming as much as the web, however his forehand faltered when he first tried to serve out the match.
He led the ensuing tie-break 5-Three and had a match level at 7-6, however Copil pressured a decider with some robust serving.
In a decent remaining set, Murray transformed his second break level to take a 5-Four lead, earlier than wrapping up victory together with his ninth ace of the match.
Antwerp is prone to be his final event of the 12 months, with the doable exception of the Davis Cup, for which Nice Britain will announce their squad on Monday.
He may nonetheless go away early if his spouse, Kim, goes into early labour with their third baby.
Earlier, 18-year-old Jannik Sinner of Italy reached his first ATP semi-final with a 6-Four Three-6 6-Three win over American Frances Tiafoe.
Sinner, who’s prone to break into the world’s high 100 following the event, will face Switzerland’s Wawrinka within the different semi-final.