Andy Murray news: Big win to be followed by a huge test for the Scot in Rotterdam
Andy Murray reached the second round at the Rotterdam Open with an impressive 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in Rotterdam and now he has set his sights on back-to-back wins against top-ranked opponents.
Murray was playing in his first match since his second-round defeat at the Australian Open and facing an opponent who had won his maiden ATP Tour title last week by beating world number three Alexander Zverev in the final of the Open Sud de France.
Both players spurned break opportunities in the opening set before Bublik made the breakthrough to lead 6-5, prompting Murray to throw down his racket in frustration.
However, he immediately levelled and took the opening set after a tie-break, giving our a roar to salute his moment of success as he again highlighted his enduring passion to shine in the game.
Murray’s break of serve in the seventh game of the second set put him on course to serve for the match and he duly did so to love and will play Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime in the next round.
“I’m looking forward to that one,” Murray told Amazon Prime after the match. “He’s started the year very well, one of the best young players just now.
“I’ll need to be on my game if I want to beat him but it’s a great test for me and we’ll see what happens out there.
“There were some tough moments in the first set for both of us. I just managed to come through at the end of it – hit some great returns off some big second serves at the end and did a good job.
“It’s not easy playing against someone like that – he’s going for huge serves, a lot of drop shots and at times is looking disinterested but is still trying. You have to keep your focus and I did that well.”
Fellow Briton Cameron Norrie is also through after he defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6(5).
Read an exclusive interview with Rotterdam tournament director Richard Krajicek on Tennis365 over the next few days.
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