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Andy Murray entered the quarterfinals of the 2019 Chinese Open

Andy Murray entered the quarterfinals of the 2019 Chinese Open

Former world number one Andy Murray wins Cameron Norrie 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 in the second round of the ATP 500 tournament in Beijing, China.

After a hip operation in late January, Andy Murray won two matches in a row for the first time. Scotland player surprised Matteo Berrettini - who reached the semi-finals of the US Open 2019 - with a score of 7-6, 7-6 in the first round, before eliminating Cameron Norrie today 2/10.

"I'm very tired, I just took a nap before playing", Murray said. "This is my first time playing two singles matches in a row since coming back. I need to get used to this if I want to continue playing at the desired level".

The 2016 Chinese Open champion took a 5-3 lead in the first set, but let Norrie pull the set into a tie-break series. There, Murray won 8-6 thanks to a double fault of his junior.

In the second set, it was Norrie's turn to lead 5-2 but lost the advantage. The two players continue to need a tie-break. Norrie won 7-4 to bring the match to a set of three.

In the deciding set, Norrie was exhausted and lost the first five games. Murray attacked more directly in this set and mastered the game completely. The owner of the three Grand Slams won easily 6-1 in the final set to close the match after nearly two hours.

"The good thing about tennis is that you can change tactics anytime," the 32-year-old told the ATP. "If you watch the happenings at the end of the second set and the first set of three, you can see that I tried to finish the score early. I scored more and attacked harder".

Murray will meet top seed Dominic Thiem or host player Zhang Zhizhen in the quarterfinals. He was showing signs of returning to the level he once was. The biggest goal the former world number one player sets is to compete in the Grand Slam next year.