Andy Murray seals statement win on comeback trail by beating Sinner in Stockholm

Andy Murray sealed arguably one of the best wins of his latest comeback trail by defeating world No 10 Jannik Sinner in straight sets 7-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Stockholm Open.

The Brit had recently put in a remarkable showing against the man who previously held Sinner's world tennis ranking spot, Hubert Hurkacz, at the Vienna Open at the end of October, but this time he went one step further by winning in straight sets against the Stockholm Open top seed.

It was a cagey start to proceedings in the Swedish capital from both Murray – who saw off Viktor Durasovic in the last round – and Sinner, as neither player offered any chance to their opponent to break serve, as they traded game-for-game.

So much so that the opener saw not one break in serve across 12 games, sending the pair into a tie-break.

However, the beginning of the decider could not have been further away from the pattern of the opening set’s early stages, as the first three points all went against the serve to give Murray the early advantage.

Murray then took advantage of his early tie-break lead by going onto take it 7-4, to ensure he was the man to take the opening set 7-6 – putting him 1-0 up over the world No 10.

In his opening round straight sets win over Norway’s Viktor Durasovic, the former British and world No 1 and showed glimpses of his old scintillating self, and this time around – against much stronger opposition – he was proving that again.

Looking to build on winning the opening set, Murray capitalised three games into the second, by breaking serve against the Italian to give him an all-important 2-1 lead in what prove to be the deciding set.

The three-time major champion then continued to hold his nerve despite Sinner battling on, and managed to ensure he didn't surrender his serve back on the next three occasions to move him within touching distance of a quarter-final spot at 5-3.

He then capped off a truly fine performance in style by breaking serve in the final game of the match to wrap up a superb straight sets victory against one of the world's best.

Murray will now head to the quarter-finals in Stockholm and take on American world No 52 Tommy Paul for a place in the last four.

And following his impressive victory, Murray fired a warning to his rivals as he looks to make his way towards the summit of tennis again.

Murray said during his on-court interview: "I think I still have a lot to offer. I don't know what it is in terms of percentage but I'm still able to compete and win matches against guys who are in the top 10 in the world.

"And I've been competitive against guys who were third in the world so if my body stays good, and I'm able to build momentum for tournaments and matches, I believe I can get right up there again.

"Ideally you want to have a longer term view on things. It's a bit better in terms of how you improve and how you view results, but I'm also aware that another injury could mean the end so I want to try and make the most of every single week and be as competitive as I can whilst I'm still able.

"Every week is important to me right now."

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