Andy Murray beats Rafael Nadal to reach Stockholm Open quarter-finals

• World No34 beats world No1 Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 • World No3 Novak Djokovic beaten by Sam Querrey

Andy Murray reached the quarter-finals of the Stockholm Open on Friday, when he defeated Rafael Nadal to become the first British player to progress from the main draw in 16 years.

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Murray, who broke Nadal’s winning streak of 67 matches at Wimbledon at the All England Club two years ago, broke in the second game of the opening set before holding his serve throughout the match to lead 7-2. The world No32, who is playing the Stockholm Open for the first time after injuries and a hip problem forced him to retire from tournaments, was pushed to a tie-break in the second set and he emerged victorious 7-2.

The match was the first between the two men in over a year.

Murray said afterwards: “After a tough match last night [against Pierre-Hugues Herbert] against a tricky opponent it was nice to bounce back again and play a solid match. The wins you get and your self-belief grows and that’s what you need at this stage of the season.”

He will face the the Dutchman Robin Haase in the last eight after he beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the last eight. Haase fought back to beat Anderson 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3.

Novak Djokovic, the world No3, was beaten 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2) by Sam Querrey and third seed Marin Cilic lost 6-3, 6-4 to Lucas Pouille, who will meet David Goffin in the quarter-finals.

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