Andy Murray scored a breakthrough 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 win to open his account at the ATP Vienna event on Monday, saddling ATP Finals candidate Hubert Hurkacz with a heavy loss.

Murray overcame a Top 10 opponent for the first time in more than a year as he outlasted his Polish opponent in the first round at the Stadthalle in two-and three-quarter hours.

Murray gained a token of revenge after losing to the spring Miami champion twice this season, missing out on a match point which would have wrapped up a straight-sets success but fighting through for the three-set success.

“It was a good match that could have gone either way,” the Scot said. “I was disappointed to drop serve in the opening game of the third.

“Nut thankfully I was able to get the break back in the next game and from there 

“I probably deserved to get over the line. It was a good win in tough circumstances.”

Murray next confronts the future of the sport when he meets Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz, who booked his spot against the three-time Grand Slam champion by defeating Brit Dan Evans 6-4, 6-3.

 The 34-year-old Murray found a lot to like with his performance,where he produced 10 aces to the 12 of his losing opponent, breaking three times while saving nine of 10 break points against his own serve.

“My movement has been getting a little better with each match,” the winner said.

 “A lot of my movement is about anticipation and when you’re not playing many matches – like I haven’t been in recent years – you don’t read the play quite as well. 

“I’m starting to see the ball a little earlier and starting to react a little quicker, which means I will start to chase more balls down.”

Hurkacz is in the fight of his life to book a spot in next month’s Finals in northern Italy. The Pole could lose out though if rival and weekend Antwerp champion Jannik Sinner reaches the semi-finals this week on the Tour.

Murray stands an impeccable 9-0 in the Austrian capital, where he won both editions he played – 2014 and 2016.

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