Newport ATP: Murray wins again

The Infosys Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island, has a busy schedule today, with the entire round of 16 planned. Andy Murray comes to the court after a walkover victory over Sam Querrey on Tuesday, and he has to come back and suffer, but in the end he emerges triumphant from his duel with Max Purcell, a recent Wimbledon doubles champion coupled with Matthew Ebden. First set, he rehearses his comeback strategies against the Australian who slices as much as Tatjana Maria, but his forehand slice is much more streamlined than that of the Church Road semifinals Mom. Andy has two outside advantages to make it 5-all after canceling four set balls, but Purcell saves with the serve. Max has a 2-0 lead in the second set, but fades: Murray scores 19 points in a row to give him a virtual bagel. Even as FoxTenn consistently disproves the umpire team, Murray gains the lead and goes on to win the match 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 despite minor muscular pain in his right quadriceps.

The No. 3 seed Alexander Bublik, who has lost three of their previous four meetings, awaits the Scot in the quarterfinals. The Kazakh defeated Jack Sock 6-3 3-6 6-2 in just under two hours in the Stadium’s inaugural event. Wednesday’s schedule concludes with Auger-Aliassime vs. Kubler and Gojowczyk-Isner, but other matches include Maxime Cressy’s two-set victory over qualifier Mitchell Krueger in the U.S. derby, which now expects another compatriot, Steve Johnson, to advance to the quarterfinals by taking advantage of Jiri Vesely’s forfeiture.