Andy Murray has progressed through to his first tour-level semi-final since 2019 after David Goffin was forced to retire from the Sydney Tennis Classic due to an injury.
Murray had beaten Goffin in their last six encounters and had hoped to continue his fine form against the Belgian on Thursday.
However, play was stopped after the first set – which Murray won 6-2 – because Goffin was struggling with a knee injury.
Andy Murray (above) has progressed through to his first tour-level semi-final since 2019
Murray started the game well by a taking a 3-0 lead. The three-time major winner also saved break points at 3-1.
Goffin – whose 2021 season was ended early by a knee issue – was guilty of overhitting a second-serve return.
The Belgian’s trainer subsequently called for a change of ends, although it didn’t make much of a difference as Goffin was forced to retire shortly after.
David Goffin (right) was forced to retire from the Sydney Tennis Classic due to a knee injury
The Belgian’s (above) 2021 season was ended early by the same problematic knee issue
The early stoppage will have been beneficial for Murray – who had just 14 hours to recover from his gruelling three-hour match with Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Murray had come from a set down to win 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in the tough encounter that went into the early hours of Thursday.
‘I think the movement was what I was most pleased with,’ Murray said after the match with Goffin. ‘We finished late last night and I did a lot of running.’
The stoppage was beneficial for Murray – who had 14 hours to recover from facing Basilashvili
Murray knocked out second seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in over three gruelling hours
The match against Goffin marked the first time Murray had won three matches in a row at tour level since he emotionally won what is his only title since his hip problems began.
However, thave been positive signs over the last six months – most notably that Murray has been able to play and train consistently.
Murray will hope to continue his progress when he faces American Reilly Opelka in his first tour level semi-final since Antwerp.