Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, taking part in at Swiss Indoors in Basel for the primary time in 17 years, reached second spherical after a come-from-behind win in opposition to Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin on Tuesday.
Murray’s solely different look on the ATP500 occasion had are available in 2005 when he was a young person.
It took Murray two hours and 38 minutes to win 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 in opposition to World No. 93 Safiullin within the pair’s first-ever tour-level assembly. That is his twenty sixth win of the season, probably the most he has recorded since 2016 when he completed the yr as World No. 1.
Murray received his serve damaged within the fourth recreation of the opening set however broke again instantly to carry issues again on serve. Safiullin, down 3-4 within the tiebreaker, received 4 of the subsequent 5 factors to clinch the primary set which lasted virtually an hour.
“He was serving big and any alternative he was hitting the ball big from the again of the courtroom,” Murray advised atptour.com after the match. “Because the match went on, I began to dictate a number of extra factors and served higher. I modified the way in which I used to be returning a little bit bit and after I did that I used to be capable of create a number of extra alternatives and frustrate him a little bit bit.”
The Scot, at present ranked 49, received the second set after breaking Safiullin within the sixth recreation.
The Russian received the early break to go 4-1 up within the deciding third set earlier than Murray reeled off 5 video games in a row to seal the victory. He’ll subsequent face both Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut or Serbian Laslo Djere.
Murray is in search of his first title since successful in Antwerp 2019. In 2022, he has reached two finals – Sydney and Stuttgart.
Within the different first-round matches, fifth-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta beat Argentine Sebastian Baez 6-2, 6-1 whereas Slovakia’s Alex Molcan received 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 in opposition to American Mackenzie McDonald.
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Publish date: 2022-10-25 22:21:43
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