Andy Murray advances to the Surbiton Trophy semi-finals after defeating Jason Kubler.
Andy Murray of the United Kingdom fought back from a set down to defeat Jason Kubler and advance to the Surbiton Trophy semi-finals.
Murray, 36, won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Australia’s 2022 champion Jordan Thompson.
Murray, the second seed, is the final seeded player left in the Surrey event.
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, missed the French Open to work on the grass-court season and wants to be seeded at Wimbledon next month.
“I knew it was going to be hard,” Murray admitted. “He played well and has a lot of variety in his game, and he was one of the best juniors in the world, but he has had some injury problems.”
“I did well; it was very windy and gusty a lot, so it’s difficult to feel great when it’s like that, but I did well in the crucial moments.”
“Most tournaments on tour are played in purpose-built facilities, whereas coming here, you all love tennis and are probably members, so it’s always nice to play at clubs like this.”
“It’s been a good run so far, and hopefully I can go a little further than last year [when he was eliminated in the semi-final].”
Murray, ranked 43rd in the world, broke first in the third game of the match, but his lead was short-lived as he dropped his following service game to the fifth-seeded Australian.
Murray’s serve was broken again in game eight, and Kubler, 30, then served out the first set.
Murray, on the other hand, broke Kubler’s serve in the eighth game of the second set and then again in the early stages of the third set.
Dan Evans, Liam Broady, Mark Whitehouse, Daniel Cox, Billy Harris, Ryan Peniston, and Harry Wendelken were all eliminated in the first two rounds of the men’s event, leaving Murray as the only British player left.
In his quarter-final, Thompson defeated fellow Australian Rinky Hijikata 7-6 (7-1) 6-2.
At least one British player will compete in the women’s final.
Three of the four semi-finalists in the women’s tournament are British.
Katie Boulter of the United Kingdom defeated Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 7-5 6-2 to become the new British number one and replace Emma Raducanu if she advances to the final.
Boulter led 4-1 in the first set, then dropped three games in a row before breaking again in the 12th game to win the first set.
The second set was easier for her, as she broke Golubic’s serve in the second and eighth games to complete the victory.
In the semi-finals, Boulter will face Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer, and if she wins, it would be an all-British final as Katie Swan faces Yuriko Lily Miyazaki in the other semi-final.
Swan rallied from a set down to defeat top seed Tatjana Maria of Germany 3-6 6-3 6-4, while Miyazaki defeated fellow Briton Isabelle Lacy 6-3 6-0.
“Yesterday was a battle in three sets, and I’m so glad I got through in two,” Boulter said.
“It’s always difficult to win against a tough opponent, but I fought hard and found a way to win.”
“I’m really enjoying it so far, and the first week of grass-court season is always a big buzz, especially among British players.”