Andy Murray defeated a top-10 opponent for the first time in more than two years, topping fifth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the Erste Bank Open at Vienna, Austria.
A two-time past champion in Vienna (2014 and 2016), Murray last got past one of the world's top 10 players at the 2020 Western Southern Open, when he defeated Alexander Zverev. On Monday, he squandered a match point in the second-set tiebreaker but came back to claim the third set.
The result hurts Hurkacz's chances of making the Nitto ATP Finals. Hurkacz currently sits in the ninth and final qualifying spot for the year-end event.
Others who won first-round matches Monday were third-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy, Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, Spain's Carlos Alcaraz and Australia's Alex De Minaur.
St. Petersburg Open
Eighth-seeded Sebastian Korda of the United States recorded the only service break of the match in the penultimate game as he beat Croatia's Nino Serdarusic 7-6 (2), 7-5 in the first round at St. Petersburg, Russia.
Following a break-free first set, Korda jumped on top 5-0 in the tiebreaker and cruised from there. Korda never faced a break point in the match, but he converted only one of his seven break opportunities.
Elsewhere in opening-round action, seventh-seeded Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan beat Russia's Evgenii Tiurnev 6-3, 6-4, and Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff got past Australia' James Duckworth 7-6 (3), 6-3.
--Field Level Media