Andy Murray has become a sentimental favorite after years struggling with a hip injury and subsequent surgery. The former No. 1 has nonetheless been determined to end his career on his terms, and that persistence is at last being rewarded at the Boss Open in Stuttgart.

With raucous fans cheering him on, the three-time major champion scored an impressive upset over top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, putting him into his first ATP grass-court semifinal since he last won Wimbledon in 2016.

The win over Tsitsipas also marked his first over a Top 5 player since that same year, when he ended a career-best season with a win over Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals.


Typically boasting the sadder but wiser fan base compared with his former Big 4 colleagues, Murray was amused by the cheering that continued into his on-court interview.

“They've got a few pints of beer, they're enjoying themselves,” he quipped.

With or without the liquid confidence, the fans will likely be back in the semifinals when he takes on Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the hopes of reaching his second final of the season—and winning only his second title since his hip resurfacing.