Andy Murray produces another stellar comeback, but Kyle Edmund’s woes continue
Andy Murray has won back-to-back matches at a tournament for a the second week in a row after beating Juan Ignacio Londero at the Shanghai Masters, but Kyle Edmund’s poor run of form continues.
Fresh from reaching the quarter-finals at the China Open last week, Murray again won his opening match in Shanghai as he came from a set down to beat Londero 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
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Murray made a sluggish start as his opening service game lasted 19 points and it was not too big a surprise when the Argentine finally broke in game five and then got the insurance of a second break in game seven.
But the roles were reversed in the second set as Murray was on the attack and he raced into a 3-0 lead before breaking again in game eight.
The deciding set was a close affair as the former world No 1 edged ahead with a break in game four, but Londero hit back straightaway only for Murray to break again in the very next game.
He served it out to claim his first ATP Masters 1000 win since May 2017 and he will face Fabio Fognini, who beat Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, for a place in the third round.
Meanwhile, Edmund suffered a sixth successive defeat as he went down against Jeremy Chardy.
Frenchman Chardy won 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) and the result will see Edmund lose his status as British No 1 to either Cameron Norrie or Dan Evans.
Norrie reached the second round in Shanghai after beating Gilles Simon from France 7-5, 6-2, but he faces a difficult second-round clash as he is up against world No 4 Daniil Medvedev.
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