Andy Murray said it was “really no match” and “not much fun” when Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios was fined a game after another on-court meltdown in their Stuttgart semifinals on Saturday. was done. Murray reached the 70th final of his career with a 7-6 (7/5) victory, 6-2 and will be bidding for his first title since Antwerp in 2019 when he plays Matteo Berrettini on Sunday. The reason for Kyrgyz’s latest reluctance was not clear, as the Australians were fined 1-0 after losing the opening set in 65 minutes and then 1-0 due to non-playing behavior.
Kyrgyz broke a racket and said a few words to a group in the crowd.
After summoning the tournament supervisor, Kyrgios simply moved to the court as Murray took full command of the victory in the 93rd minute.
“It wasn’t much fun playing the second set, it wasn’t very competitive,” Murray said.
“It wasn’t really a match. He got off to a good start but he got frustrated as he got closer to the end. The first set was tough and the end of the first set was an important part of the match.
“You expect things to go wrong, so I’m not surprised when they do.
“Losing was a very disappointing set for him and he broke a racket. He was back and forth with the umpire and it looked like something was going on in the crowd.
“But I didn’t really hear anything after the first set.”
Berrettini reached the fourth final of her career on the grass as she defeated German Oscar Ote 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/5).
The runners-up are competing for the first time since March after hand surgery at Wimbledon last year.
Beretini will be looking for his first title since winning the Queens in London last June.
World No. 10 improved on the grass 27-6 and maintained an excellent 8-0 record at Stuttgart after winning the 2019 edition at the Vision Half Club.
“It was really difficult, but I’m very happy with the result,” said Beretini. “I play tennis for moments like that.”
“I’ve had a lot of close matches since I was a teenager. I’m used to them – I like it when the stress is high, I enjoy it even more.
“I had an operation a few months ago and now I’m back in the finals. It feels even better – but it’s not done yet.”
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