Andy Murray produced the most solid performances in his comeback from hip surgery, dismissing eighth seed Pablo Cuevas 6-4 6-3 on Thursday to storm into the quarter-finals of the European Open in Antwerp. The Briton lost only five points in five service games in the opening set, wasting the first seven break chances before seizing the eighth for a 6-4. At the beginning of the second set, the Briton was the one who had to work hard to avoid a break, repelling four break points and bringing the game home with an ace to survive the only troubled service game of the day. He won his first singles match at a tour-level event in September at Zhuhai, China, then made it to the China Open quarterfinals in Beijing this month.
"I felt a bit better out there today", he said.More news: Bulgaria coach Balakov resigns following racism fallout
"He served very well, which made it hard for me to get the breaks, but I thought for me it was a good match". "It's getting there. It sometimes takes me a little bit longer to get warmed up in the matches and sort of feel confident with my movement".
"He served very properly, which made it complicated for me to get the breaks, but I believed for me it used to be a true match".More news: Scotland question 'misconduct' charge over World Cup typhoon row
He'll steal on Romania's Marius Copil - who hit 13 aces past third seed Diego Schwartzman in a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (9/7) shield - on Friday for an enviornment in the last four.
In the other quarter-finals in Antwerp, Swiss fourth seed Stan Wawrinka will play Frenchman Gilles Simon while Italian 18-year-old Jannik Sinner - who shocked Gael Monfils - will take on Frances Tiafoe of the US.More news: Blackhawks pick up 1st win to end Oilers' unbeaten streak
Next up for the 18-Twelve months-ragged Sinner is American Frances Tiafoe, a straight-devices victor over seventh-seeded German Jan-Lennard Struff. He plays well on this surface so I'll need to be ready for that.