Andy Murray said it was “not quite a match” and “not very fun” after Australian firefighter Nick Kyrgios was penalized a match after another on-field collapse in their semi-final in Stuttgart on Saturday. Murray reached his 70th career final with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 win and will bid for his first title since Antwerp in 2019 when he faces Matteo Berrettini on Sunday. The cause of Kyrgios’ latest tantrum was unclear, with the Australian penalizing a run and a game for unsportsmanlike conduct trailing 1-0 after losing the opening set in 65 minutes.
Kyrgios smashed a racket and had a few words with a group in the crowd.
After the tournament supervisor was called, Kyrgios just made the moves on the track while Murray took full command to secure the win in 93 minutes.
“The second set wasn’t very fun to play, it wasn’t very competitive,” Murray said.
“It wasn’t really a match. He started well, but closer to the end he got frustrated. The first set was tough and the end of the first set was the crucial part of the match.
“You expect things to happen to him, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens.
“It was a very frustrating set for him to lose and he broke a racket. He also had a back and forth with the referee and something seemed to be happening in the crowd.
“But after the first set I didn’t really hear anything anymore.”
Berrettini reached his fourth career final on grass when he defeated German Oscar Otte 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/5).
The runner-up at Wimbledon last year is participating for the first time since March after having hand surgery.
Berrettini is looking for his first title since winning Queen’s in London last June.
The world No. 10 improved to 27-6 on grass and held a perfect 8-0 record in Stuttgart after winning the 2019 edition at the Weissenhof Club.
“It was very tough, but I’m very happy with the result,” said Berrettini. “I play tennis for moments like this.”.
“Since I was a teenager, a lot of my matches have been close. I’m used to it – I like it when the tension is high, I enjoy it even more.
“I had surgery a few months ago and now I’m in a final again. It feels even better – but the job isn’t done yet.”
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