Murray makes triumphant hardcourt return

03 August, 2018, 04:21 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Andy Murray beats Mackenzie McDonald in Washington Open

"I feel better than I did during the grass (tournaments)", he said. "Obviously if you lose a match like that, it's a tough one". "It was nice to get it".

It was a hard assignment for Murray, who will face countryman Edmund in the second round following his two hour, 37-minute battle.

Murray also spoke on working for BBC as a commentator during Wimbledon, and in particular for the quarter-finals match between Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal: 'It was fun to do it and it was the first time in a long time that I've watched a match as a spectator.

He looked in trouble but found new life when McDonald sent a forehand wide to hand Murray a break and a 5-4 advantage in the second set. No. 5 will come in the second round of the Citi Open against Kyle Edmund, the man who overtook him as Britain's top-ranked man during Murray's injury absence.

"If I am out here losing first round every single week, I am not going to enjoy that as much", he said.

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Lukas Lacko held a 1-0 lead over American Denis Kudla before their match was called off due to rain while three-times grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka's match against struggling American Donald Young was rescheduled.

The match began after 10 pm on Monday because of a rain delay and ended at about 12.45 a.m. on Tuesday.

Andy Murray has practiced well but the former world number one admits to some anxiety as he returns to hardcourt competition for the first time in almost 17 months.

Murray had not played in a hardcourt match since March 2017 at Indian Wells, where he lost in his opening match.

But Murray drew things level, taking a crucial game nine in the second for a 5-4 lead and serving out the set.

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"I haven't played in the darkness or under the lights in a very long time and I felt like my rhythm was off on serve, my timing a little bit".

Murray has been warming up for his return in the company of former England football captain Rooney, who joined him on court for a lighthearted session.

Tunisia's Malek Jaziri booked a second-round match against third-ranked defending champion Alexander Zverev of Germany by defeating Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 6-1.

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