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Andy Murray holds his nerve to overcome Alexander Bublik and reach quarter-finals in Stuttgart 

Andy Murray holds his nerve to beat Alexander Bublik and book quarterfinal clash with top division Stefanos Tsitsipas at Boss Open in Stuttgart

Andy Murray defeated seventh seed Alexander Bublik to reach the quarterfinals of the Boss Open in Stuttgart.

The Scotsman is on his way to Germany for his first ATP Tour event of the season on grass and will then take on top class Stefanos Tsitsipas after knocking out Kazakhstan Bublik 6-3, 7-6(4) on Thursday.

Murray had to work hard in the second set after dropping his serve twice in a row, but saved two set points at 2-5 and two more games later before winning five of the last six points in the tie-break.

Andy Murray defeated seventh-seeded Alexander Bublik at the Boss Open on Thursday

Andy Murray defeated seventh-seeded Alexander Bublik at the Boss Open on Thursday

It was a third meeting between the three-time grand slam champion and the 42nd Bublik this season, with Murray taking a 2-1 lead.

Bublik is known as one of the more flamboyant players on tour, and Murray said in his on-court interview: “He’s predictable in his unpredictability. You are prepared for some great shots and maybe some casual games.

“Today he played great things for five or six games in the second set and everything turned out fine. I got a little frustrated, but I kept fighting, played a tough game at 5-2 and then I thought I played well until the finish.’

Murray’s only previous encounter with Tsitsipas was a memorable first round encounter of the US Open last year, when he led by two sets to one to lose in five sets.

The Scot had to work hard in the second set after dropping his serve twice in a row

The Scot had to work hard in the second set after dropping his serve twice in a row

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