Andy Murray set for Rotterdam second-round clash with world No 8 Andrey Rublev
Andy Murray will take on world No 8 Andrey Rublev in the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
Fourth seed Rublev defeated Marcos Giron 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to book his spot in the last 16 along with Murray, who battled past Robin Haase on Monday evening for his first ATP Tour-level win in six months.
The Scot expressed hope that the victory, which saw him win the final six games, could be the catalyst for a resurgence, and a clash with the world number eight will certainly give a good indication of where he stands.
Their only previous meeting came at the Australian Open in 2017, when a 19-year-old Rublev won just five games.
The Russian said: “Andy’s a true legend. I have a really good connection with him, I really like him as a person, as a player.
“It’s going to be fun. He destroyed me once already. I hope it’s going to be a great match. I hope we’re going to have great rallies, great fight. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Murray was joined in the second round by British compatriot Cameron Norrie, and he will take on another Russian in Karen Khachanov, who defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5.
The all-Australian battle went the way of Alex De Minaur, who saw off John Millman 6-1, 6-4, while Hubert Hurkacz was a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) winner over Adrian Mannarino.
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