Citi Open: Andy Murray reaches second round

Citi Open: Andy Murray reaches second round

Murray has not played in a hardcourt event since Indian Wells last year when he lost his first match to Canada's Vasek Pospisil but starts his run-up to the US Open hoping for a deep run to build match fitness, having played only three matches in the past year.

Neither player managed a service break, but Kokkanakis had a break chance at 4-5 in the second set when he could have put the match away. After converting that, Murray did not waste his second opportunity to serve the match out, closing out the encounter on his seventh match point at 12:46 a.m. when his opponent missed an inside-out forehand long.

But Murray immediately broke back - in a game that included a controversial call when McDonald's racket was adjudged to have crossed the plane of the net with the score 30-30 - before serving out to reach the second round. And so in some situations like what happened at Wimbledon I don't you're going to get that when someone plays for six and a half hours.

McDonald saved five match points and converted his second break point to draw things level at 5-5.

Murray played just fine for the opening 10 minutes, breaking for a 2-0 lead.

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In addition to Murray, notable men's field entrants so far include 17-time Grand Slam victor and defending China Open champion Rafael Nadal, 2009 US Open victor Juan Martin del Potro and world number three, rising star Alexander Zverev.

"It was a tough, tough match", the 31-year-old said on the ATP Tour website. Edmund has improved inside the last couple of seasons, has gained experience at the highest level, won big matches at the majors and now will probably feel that he is in a ideal position to regularly beat the better players on tour including Murray when he is firing on all cylinders. McDonald wasn't happy with the incident as he went up to Gabas to have a word. "I've never met him before, so it's very cool". "I think I cut the unforced errors down".

"I was struggling on my serve".

"I hadn't played in darkness or under the lights in a really long time and I felt my rhythm was off", Murray said. Former World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka was set to face American Donald Young right after Murray's match.

In other matches, Noah Rubin got past Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 6-4; Tim Smyczek beat Ricardas Berankis 7-6 (7-4) 6-2, and Malek Jaziri defeated Evgeny Donskoy 6-4 6-1. The former British number one then made no mistake in serving out the match. Murray held on a service victor to force a third set.

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