Andy Murray will go down as one of tennis’ greats in the modern era and it appears his prowess in the sport also extends to the virtual realm.
The three-time Grand Slam winner’s outstanding showing at the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro continued on Wednesday when he moved into the semi-finals.
Murray beat Alexander Zverev 6-1 on PlayStation game Tennis World Tour in a competition arranged to replace the postponed Madrid Open.
Andy Murray has joked he is too good on the Playstation for those at the virtual Madrid Open
Murray cruised past Alexander Zverev (left) 6-1 in their virtual quarter-final on Wednesday
After his comprehensive dismantling of Zverev in the quarter-finals, Murray joked he was just too good for the opposition.
The Brit laughed off mischievous accusations from tournament organiser Feliciano Lopez, delivered with a smile, that his rivals were claiming the competition was being fixed in his favour.
‘I know it looks that way but I’m just much better than the other guys,’ said Murray, who beat Rafael Nadal in the group stage.
‘Sometimes when things look too easy people like to make conspiracies but this is the reality unfortunately.
‘When I played Rafa, he said I was practising too much and now Zverev had the wrong controller.
‘Everyone has got their excuses but the reason is I’m just better than them.’
The Brit made his light-hearted comment to Feliciano Lopez (right) after beating Zverev
Murray will face Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals and is the sole British hope left after Johanna Konta suffered a thumping 6-0 quarter-final defeat by Caroline Wozniacki.
Andy Murray vs Diego Schwartzman
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs David Goffin
Caroline Wozniacki vs Kiki Bertens
Fiona Ferro vs Sorano Cristea
Konta was hoping to repeat her heroics in the Miami Open final in 2017 where she beat Wozniacki to take the title but it wasn’t to be in the virtual world.
The charity initiative will donate £43,600 (€50,000) to the Madrid Food Bank to help reduce the social impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The winner of each tournament will get about £130,000 (€150,000) from which they will be able to decide how much they donate to their colleagues on the tour who have been worst affected by the sport’s shutdown.
Caroline Wozniacki (right) ended any British hopes in the women’s singles by beating Jo Konta