'Not done yet': Tennis world erupts over shock Andy Murray moment

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Andy Murray, pictured here beating Jannik Sinner at the Stockholm Open.
The moment Andy Murray secured victory over Jannik Sinner. Image: Getty/Tennis TV

Andy Murray has shocked the tennis world after taking down World No.10 Jannik Sinner at the Stockholm Open.

The former World No.1 produced one of his finest performances since his hip surgery to defeat the Italian top seed and reach the quarter-finals.

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Murray had lost a succession of close matches to top-20 players before defeating World No.9 Hubert Hurkacz in Vienna a fortnight ago.

And the 34-year-old backed up the performance on Wednesday to stun Sinner.

The Italian is one of the hottest young prospects in the game but Murray produced a clean and impressive display, breaking his 20-year-old opponent twice in the second set on the way to a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 triumph.

Murray, who is trialling a new coach this week in Spaniard Esteban Carril, has played a series of long tiebreaks recently.

But on Wednesday he took his first set point having saved the only break point of a long opener.

He then broke Sinner, who narrowly missed out on a place in next week's ATP Finals, to lead 2-1 in the second and maintained the pressure on his young opponent until the finish.

"It was a very tough match," Murray said afterwards.

"He hits the ball huge from the back of the court so there were a lot of long rallies and a lot of running.

"But it's probably my best win this season. I want to keep it going now."

Andy Murray, pictured here in action at the Stockholm Open.
Andy Murray in action at the Stockholm Open. (Photo by Tnani Badreddine/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Tennis world erupts over Andy Murray stunner

Now ranked 143 in the world, Murray will face American Tommy Paul for a place in the last-four.

Paul defeated compatriot and fifth seed Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4.

Murray will play just his second ATP Tour quarter-final in the last two years.

Victory over Paul would put him through to the last four at this level for the first time since his title in Antwerp in 2019.

Tennis fans were stunned by Murray's extraordinary performance against the World No.10.

Meanwhile, Denis Shapovalov finally got to launch the defence of his Stockholm title from 2019, beating qualifier Andrea Vavassori 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 to reach the last eight.

The 22-year-old Canadian has had to wait two years to defend the only ATP title he has won in his short career.

The 2020 edition cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"It felt amazing to be back here," the third-seeded Shapovalov said after breaking Vavassori's serve three times in the last 16.

with AAP

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