Former World No. 1 Murray had opened up about how he hoped that the ATP 250 tournament would act as a springboard for a successful end to the season. Now, he has made a strong start in attempting to make this the case.
The Brit held his serve with ease in the first game but Mo saved a break chance in the second. The players then continued neck-and-neck for a while, holding their serve until 5-5.
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Murray then won his service game once again to secure the tiebreak. In the end, though, he won the set 7-5 after finally managing to get the break against the home player.
Murray fights for second set
Despite ultimately taking the second set more comfortably than the first, the three-time Grand Slam champion had to endure some tough games in order to do so. Mo came back fighting and Murray ended up having to save four break points in the first game.
He then had to save another break ball to reach 2-1 but came back quickly to break his 23-year-old opponent in the next game. Both players then held their serve to move the score to 4-2.
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Murray continued on a solid path for the rest of the match until he could serve for the match. He ultimately did so and will now progress through to the second round.