EM – Andy Murray starts the Cincinnati campaign in style, suggests Richard Gasquet

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Andy Murray did well with a wildcard in the main draw and won his opening game against Richard Gasquet at the Western & Southern Open.

Published: August 17, 2021 5:12 PM |

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CINCINNATI: Two-time British Champion Andy Murray made up a wildcard for the peloton and won his opening game against Frenchman Richard Gasquet at the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday (IST).

In his first match since a loss in the third round to Denis Shapovalov at Wimbledon, the former world number 1 won a 6: 4, 6: 4 victory over number 53 in the world.

The Briton finished with 38 winners, including 15 Aces, among the 20 Gasquet winners. He won 81 percent of the points on first serve versus 61 percent of his opponent and made 28 easy mistakes.

“I thought I did well. I moved pretty well on hard courts for my first individual match in a while” said Murray.

“Sure, a little more confidence in my movement than a few years ago when I played against him. It was my first match (in 2019) that I had played since (me had) the metal hip in so I was a bit concerned.

“He makes really good use of all the angles on the court and lets you move a lot so you have to play well against him and I did that tonight. I have served well. I got a lot of free points with my serve. I thought I would take control of the rallies when I got the chance, so it was a good game, “said Murray.

Gasquet had beaten Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and Jaume Munar in qualifying to to take his place in the peloton and would have done well to remember his last encounter with Murray – a straight-set win in his favor in Cincinnati two years ago.

It was Murray who took advantage of the ATP- The couple had head-to-head races and he improved that to 9-4 when he broke Gasquet for the last time and took the win after an hour and 50 minutes, expecting the winner of ninth seeded Hubert Hurkacz from Poland and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Spain.

“The courts and the balls are pretty fast. The game in the evening slows it down a bit, of course, but that was to my advantage, “said Murray.

” He played with a lot of spin and the ball goes very high during the day, but he couldn’t get that high on me today So I was able to intervene and control a lot of points?

“It’s incredible. They said I’m 16 years here. I don’t think I’ve played more tournaments,” he said.

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