Al-Karaz avenged Murray in Vienna.

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Vienna:

Spanish youngster Carlos Alcaraz reached the quarterfinals of the ATP event in Vienna on Wednesday to avenge the defeat of Indian Wells by Andy Murray.

Al-Karaz, 16 years younger than former world number one and three-time winner Murray, won 6-3, 6-4.

“It’s a great feeling for me to play against Andy Murray and be able to beat him,” Alcaraz said after a match with 25 break points and seven serve breaks.

“I played really, really well and I’m very happy with today’s performance.”

Last month, Murray, now ranked 156th in the world, stunned his 42nd-ranked opponent by three sets in the second round of the prestigious Masters Tournament in the California desert.

“Indian Wells was the first time I met Andy on the court and now I knew a little more, I just knew his game, how to play,” Alcaraz added.

The young Spaniard will face either third-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Barretini or Nicolas Basilashvili of Georgia for a place in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Italian seventh seed Jennik Suner, who won the championship in Antwerp last weekend, maintained his long-held pressure to secure a place in the ATP Finals at the end of the season in the second round. ۔

Sener defeated the great American Rally Opelka 6-4, 6-2 and the next match will be against Denis Novak of Austria.

The 20-year-old Sunner started the week behind Hubert Harkaz, ranked 10th in the Turin race, for the final qualifying spot in the eight-man arena for the Turin showpiece.





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