Progress of Andy Murray moves forward at Challenger tournament held in France.

Progress of Andy Murray moves forward at Challenger tournament held in France.

Andy Murray has advanced to the semifinals of the Challenger event in Aix-en-Provence after defeating French teenager Luca Van Assche. After his first-round loss at the Madrid Open last week, the Scot decided to drop down to the second tier, and his decision paid off, winning his third match in a row with a 6-2 7-6 (6) victory over Van Assche. Despite being seen as a big talent and already ranked in the top 100, 18-year-old Van Assche was no match for Murray’s solid performance from the baseline. Murray managed to avoid being taken to a deciding set, unlike in his second match against Laurent Lokoli on Thursday. Despite Murray missing a match point at 5-4 and seeing an early lead in the tie-break slip away, he saved two set points and yelled in delight when he made it over the line. The 35-year-old is seeking his first title at any level since Antwerp in 2019, having lost his last four finals. To reach the Aix decider, he will have to beat a Frenchman for the fourth match in a row, with 21-year-old Harold Mayot upsetting Alexander Bublik 6-3 6-1.

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