Tennis fans in frenzy over Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas news

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Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas, pictured here at the Stuttgart Open.
Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas will clash in the quarter-finals at the Stuttgart Open. Image: Getty

Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas have set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash at the Stuttgart Open, 10 months after their ugly run-in at the US Open.

Murray reached his first quarter-final in six months on Thursday, beating Alexander Bublik 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) at the grass-court tournament.

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The former World No.1 won the opening set against his Kazakh opponent, but had to come from 5-2 down in the second to clinch the win.

The former Wimbledon champion said his confidence is improving after defeating Bublik in one hour and 45 minutes.

"It's nice to be back at this stage," Murray said after the match.

"This was a solid win and I'll try and push through to the semis.

"When I was down in the second set it was frustrating, I was thinking of what I could do differently.

"He hit some great shots - but some that you wouldn't teach. The multiple drop shots were unexpected."

Murray will now take on Tsitsipas in his first quarter-final at ATP level since he reached the final in Sydney in January.

Tsitsipas later beat Switzerland's Dominic Stricker 6-3, 6-4 in a match interrupted by rain.

Playing on a wild card, Tsitsipas managed only four aces against nine for World No.200 Stricker, but broke the 19-year-old twice.

"My game is built for grass courts, I can 100 per cent have good results on this surface," Tsitsipas said.

"But it might take a bit of time. I want to get the most out of my game and push it to the limit."

Andy Murray, pictured here in action against Alexander Bublik at the Stuttgart Open.
Andy Murray in action against Alexander Bublik at the Stuttgart Open. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

Tennis fans erupt over Murray and Tsitsipas news

The 23-year-old, who has lost in the first round in three of four Wimbledon appearances, said Murray will be a tough opponent on the German grass courts.

"Andy is one one of the best grass players. He's been out injured but he's been getting some good wins against some of my peers," the Greek said.

"His game is absolutely there, he's one of the favourites here.

"He's had a lot of grass battles and a lot of good wins."

The only previous meeting between Murray and Tsitsipas came at the US Open last August when Murray said he 'lost respect' for the World No.5 after a long toilet break.

Murray ripped Tsitsipas for his "nonsense" delaying tactics, saying the Greek's antics influenced the outcome of the match.

Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas, pictured here after their clash at the US Open in 2021.
Andy Murray blasted Stefanos Tsitsipas after their clash at the US Open in 2021. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Tsitsipas rallied to defeat Murray 2-6, 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a four hour and 39 minute epic.

Murray barely looked at Tsitsipas as they shook hands at the net after a number of lengthy delays, including medical timeouts and bathroom breaks that disrupted Murray's rhythm.

"I think he's great for the game," Murray said. "But I have zero time for that stuff at all and I lost respect for him.

"It can't be coincidence that it's happening at those moments. I don't believe it was causing him any issue at all. He was fine, moving great I thought.

"It's just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match.

"I'm not saying I necessarily win that match, for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those breaks."

The US Open's official Twitter account made reference to the controversy on Thursday as fans erupted over the prospect of seeing Murray and Tsitsipas clash once again.

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