Andy Murray Victorious In 2017 Opener, Ups Win Streak To 25; Tsonga Finally Healthy Again

by Staff | January 3rd, 2017, 2:49 pm

Andy Murray came out hot in 2017, blitzing Jeremy Chardy in the first round at Doha today 6-0, 7-6. The victory extended Murray’s career-best with streak to 25.

“Obviously I would like to try and keep the run going as long as possible,” Murray said of the streak. “Does feel a little bit like starting fresh again after the off-season and having not played a match for pretty much a month or month and a half or so.

“Just try and carry on from where I finished last year, which was playing some of the best tennis of my life. You know, I learnt a lot in that run, in that period at the end of the year. So try and use that to get off to a start this year.”

Murray moves on to face Gerald Melzer tomorrow in the second round.

“I’ve seen him play a few times,” Murray said of Jurgen’s brother. “I’ve never played against him before. I saw him play a little bit few years ago in Munich. He reached the quarters, and the winner of my match in the quarters played the winner of his match in the semis.

“I’ve seen him play in Vienna. My coach is out there watching his match today. I don’t know him really well, but I have seen him play a couple times.”

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was also winner defeated Andrey Kuznetsov in three. After knee and groin injuries last year, Tsonga is happy to be healthy again.

“I’m feeling good now,” Tsonga said. “To be honest, 2016 was long. I’m finally healthy. It’s good. It’s good because I feel like I can play 100% every day. I can practice consistently. For me, it’s something new, so I will, yeah, enjoy it and try to stay healthy and try to rise my level.”

Tomas Berdych was also a winner on Tuesday. Tomorrow, defending champion Novak Djokovic is back in action against Horacio Zeballos.

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [4] D. Goffin (BEL)
H. Zeballos (ARG) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs G. Melzer (AUT)
D. Brown (GER) vs [5] J. Tsonga (FRA)

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19 Comments for Andy Murray Victorious In 2017 Opener, Ups Win Streak To 25; Tsonga Finally Healthy Again

Margot Says:

Wow! That was a neck of a fight! Think we’ll be hearing a lot of junior Meltzer this year. Ranked way below his pay grade.
C’mon Andy!

J-Kath Says:

But Margo – Andy handled it carefully….Yes?

Margot Says:

Who is “Margo?” not another blooming imposter?….;)
Another hard match today with Andy making very heavy weather of it.
And another one likely tomorrow. Eek!

J-Kath Says:

Humble Apologies Margot, repeat Margot.

You will forgive me if you knew the level of computer problems I have experienced recently (I hope). It’s a small miracle I’m able to access this site. Whew!

Tomorrow hard day for me (the 1st anniversary of….) so Andy had better cheer me up by winning.

PS: It’s that blooming “gong” wherein lies the problem with Andy.

PPS: I’ve had to prove who I am for this site again. EEk.

Willow Says:

Ive had trouble on day getting on this site ….

Willow Says:

^ All day ^….

J-Kath Says:

Willow: I’ve also lost entry to my emails – have had an apology from Firefox – so something must have gone wrong wider than individuals.

Willow Says:

Must be an atmospheric thing J-Kath (scratches head / puzzled)? ….

Margot Says:

Thinking about you tomorrow Kath. Big virtual hugs.
This site was down for hours earlier, but didn’t have any problems elsewhere.

J-Kath Says:


Now I am having problems getting into my emails – ah well c’est la vie. PS: Looked like Berdych took Jo to the cleaners.

RZ Says:

@Willow – I had trouble earlier today. I think it was the site.

BBB Says:

J-Kath – best wishes to you. Would that I had something else to offer besides that.

Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath my thoughts are with you, dear…….totally understand. It will be a tough day for you…..hang in there!

Okiegal Says:

Trouble in Oklahoma with the site too…….

Navdeep Says:

site problem in India too

Willow Says:

My thoughts are with you today J-Kath ….

J-Kath Says:

Okie, AndyM, Willow + BBB

Thank you for your very kind, thoughtful messages.


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