Andy Murray comes through ‘big one’ at Miami Open to set up Daniil Medvedev showdown
Andy Murray overcame a tough opening set before easing past Federico Delbonis to book a second-round clash against Daniil Medvedev at the Miami Open.
The first set took nearly an hour to compete with Murray edging the tie-breaker, but the three-time Grand Slam winner then ran away with the match as he notched up a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 victory in one hour and 28 minutes for his 701st professional win.
Career win No.701…
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 25, 2022
It was a tight opening set with no break point opportunities for either player and Murray only got a mini-break in game 10 of the tie-breaker before doubling up to take the set.
The former world No 1 carried that momentum into the second set as he broke in the first game and again in games five and seven.
Two-time Miami Open champion Murray, playing at the tournament for the first time since they moved to the Hard Rock Stadium, enjoyed his new surroundings.
“This was a big one for me,” he said. “I am really happy to get through. The first set was very tight but I did well in the end.
“This is my first time playing here in this stadium. I used to have a place in Miami but maybe I will have to buy another one.”
He added: “Both of us served very well in the first set. I just managed to catch a really good return there at 5/4 in the tie-break, a really deep return and managed to get that point. He double faulted on the set point and that was the key to the match right there.”
Murray will be looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since the Sydney International, but it will be a tough ask as he will face world No 2 Medvedev.
It will be only their second meeting with Medvedev winning their previous clash in Brisbane in 2019.
Jodie Burrage adding to the momentum behind Brits ahead of Wimbledon
Burrage’s journey, not only on grass courts but on tour as a whole, has not been smooth sailing.
Exclusive – Rumours over Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon withdrawal as John Lloyd gives his verdict
US Open champion Raducanu has not played since withdrawing from the Rothesay Open Nottingham with the injury that continues to trouble her.
Wimbledon: Jack Draper feels ‘ready to be dangerous’ following last four run in Eastbourne
Draper was beaten in the Eastbourne semi-finals by Maxime Cressy on Friday.
Emma Raducanu can rise above the pressure and deliver at Wimbledon
The 19-year-old sparked more fears around her fitness by pulling out of a practice session on Friday.
Eastbourne: Jack Draper misses out on maiden ATP final
Cressy continued his conquering of the British players to edge through 7-6 (5) 6-7 (2) 6-3.
Ukraine grateful to Wimbledon for its decision to ban Russian players
The Ukrainian teenager says she has been “constantly disappointed” at the reaction of tennis since Russia’s invasion.
Rafael Nadal making the most of every minute on grass
Rafael Nadal is upbeat ahead of Wimbledon.
Emma Raducanu’s agent defends teen star’s work schedule
Emma Raducanu’s agent Max Eisenbud insists the young star’s off-court commitments have not impacted her performance at all.
Emma Raducanu should limit off-court obligations according to former prodigy
Pam Shriver says she doesn’t expect much from Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon.
Andy Murray says ‘I still believe I can win Wimbledon’ and working hard to ‘achieve that goal’
Andy Murray believes he can win a third Wimbledon title.