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Tennis: Andy Murray books his place in the quarter-finals of the Gijon Open

The British number three came from a set down to dispatch of Argentine Pedro Cachin 2-6 7-5 7-6 (7-3), and move into the last eight in Gijon, where he will face the USA's Sebastian Korda in a game available for live streaming on the bet365 website.

Overcoming Cachin

Murray, who was given a wildcard for the Spanish tournament, looked to be making hard work of Cachin, losing the first set 2-6 and struggling with his opponents serve.

Come the start of the second set, the Brit rallied, tweaking his returns and becoming more consistent in them to allow for more opportunities to break Cachin's serve. It was a hard fought, back and forth affair, however Murray chose the perfect moment to take his first break point of the set and used the momentum to close out the second with a 7-5 win. 

The third set was even tighter, both men held their serve to make it 1-1, followed by a remarkable four consecutive breaks. Cachin twice putting himself on the front foot, only for Murray to level both times. 

Neither player found a way through the other's serve after this however, leading to the set reaching 6-6. A tiebreak loomed, during which the former world number one kicked into life and displayed his quality, dominating proceedings to close out the victory with a score of 7-3.

The last eight

There are some familiar names left in the tournament as it nears its climax. Dominic Thiem produced a gritty comeback win against Marcos Giron in the last round to progress, he'll face Francisco Cerundolo next. While number one seed Andrey Rublev managed to overcome his compatriot Ilya Ivashka to set up a tie with American Tommy Paul. The final tie in the quarter-finals will be contested by Arthur Rinderknech and second seed Pablo Carreno-Busta.

All of these ties, as well as the semi-finals and final, will be streamed live on the bet365 website, allowing you to keep up with all of the latest action from Northern Spain as it unfolds. 

Looking ahead to Korda

Next up for Murray on his quest for a first ATP tour win since 2019 is six-foot-five American Sebastian Korda. The two, who have never faced off against each other, are at opposite ends of their careers. Murray who is now 35-years old, has wealth of ATP Tour wins throughout an illustrious tenure in the sport. While Korda, who is only 22, has a solitary title to his name so far, which he captured in Parma last year. Although he has a long career ahead to add to that tally.

Since his return from injury, Murray has been as determined as ever to capture another tour title since having his right hip replaced with a metal substitute. His attitude on and off the court have highlighted that the love for the sport is still there, but it is the grit he has that has kept him going. 

Someone of his age, with the problems he has had, would've undoubtedly called time on their career without his monstrous will to win. even if he doesn't recapture a major, getting over the line in an ATP tournament would represent an astonishing comeback from the brink of it all being over. 

Being his next opponents senior by 13 years will mean Murray may still be feeling the effects of his tie with Cachin, so Korda will head in as the freshest of the two. Although the former world number one has shown that he is capable of using an intelligent tennis brain to overcome the more physical opponents, it will definitely be something to use to his advantage here against his relatively inexperienced adversary.

Korda has so far been on a one man mission to stop a Spanish player winning in their homeland. Defeating Jaume Munar in straight sets, followed by an impressive comeback from a set down against number three seed Roberto Batuista-Agut, who currently sits at 22 in the world rankings.

With one win, in Parma, and a final under his belt in the United States last year, Korda will be looking to emerge from Gijon with another title to his name in order to turn some heads in the tennis world. The world number 41 is a junior Australian Open winner, but he is yet to show signs of reaching the potential he showed in 2018 when he won it. 

Sebastian is looking for something to kickstart his career as he looks to replicate the successes of his father, former world number two Petr Korda, an Australian Open champion and French Open finalist. A win against a former world number one to reach the semi-finals in Gijon may just be that spark, but it won't be an easy task against one of the greatest British players ever.

The American is the 4/9 favourite on the bet365 website, likely due to him being younger and finding it easier to recover from matches that were only played yesterday, ahead of playing again at 17:00 today. While Murray is in at 7/4. Both men needed three sets to overcome their round 2 opponents, so 2-1 to Korda at 3/1 in the Set Betting could be a wise option, given that he is the favourite and with Murray showing that he is capable of winning sets against younger, more physical players than himself.

All action from the ATP Gijon Open is being streamed by bet365 to its customers, including the semi-finals and finals. 

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