Andy Murray reached his first tour-level final on grass since 2016 at the BOSS OPEN Saturday, moving past Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5), 6-2 in Stuttgart.
In a close first set, the Scot saved both break points he faced and raised his intensity on return in the tie-break to move ahead. The 2nd set was largely handed to him by Kyrgios who lost the compass as he usually tends to do when things go south.
“It has been a long time since the last final [on grass]. A lot of ups and downs, but I kept going and kept working and finally managed to get to another one. I am proud of the effort I have put in."
Speaking about the tiebreak, Murray added:
“I was just a little more solid in the tie-break. I asked the questions. On these courts, when it is playing quick, the set often comes down to one or two points and I was a little more secure at the end of the first set.”
The 35-year-old will be aiming to clinch a ninth career title on the surface when he meets Italian Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s final, in what will be a third meeting between the pair.