Andy Murray loses Stuttgart Open final as Brit suffers injury scare ahead of Wimbledon

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Andy Murray has come up short in the final of the Stuttgart Open, losing 4-6, 7-5, 3-6 to Matteo Berrettini after struggling with an injury in the deciding set.

Murray has enjoyed an impressive run in Stuttgart, earning an impressive victory over number one seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in quarter-finals. That was the Scot’s first win over a top-five player since 2016 and he followed that up with a straight sets win over Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals.

His victory over Kyrgios saw him move up to number 47 in the rankings, the first time he has been in the top 50 since May 2018. However, against Berrettini, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final, Murray fell short at the final hurdle.

It was his first appearance in a grass-court final in six years, with the 35-year-old not featuring in one since his 2016 victory at Wimbledon and he put in a spirited performance against Berrettini. In a close first set, he won the first point of the match before the Italian took a two game lead. 

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Murray twice fought back but could not prevent Berrettini from winning the first set 6-4. He then levelled things up with a 7-5 win in the second set, before being forced to take a medical timeout twice in the decider.

Worryingly, it was Murray’s left hip that appeared to be the issue. The 35-year-old has been forced to undergo hip surgery twice in recent years and now has a metal hip.

Despite the injury scare, he was able to finish the match but came up short as Berrettini won the final set 6-3 to emerge victorious. Despite tasting defeat in the final, Murray has played brilliantly and his performances will stand him in good stead provided he is fit enough to head to Wimbledon later this month.

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Speaking after his win over Kyrgios, Murray touched on the injury problems which have plagued his career since that 2016 Wimbledon triumph. “It has been a long time since the last final [on grass],” he said. “A lot of ups and downs, but I kept going and kept working and finally managed to get to another one.

“I am proud of the effort I have put in. I was just a little more solid in the tie-break. I asked the questions. On these courts, when it is playing quick, the set often comes down to one or two points and I was a little more secure at the end of the first set.”

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