World No. 1 Andy Murray opened his Madrid campaign in strong fashion blowing out Romanian wildcard Marcus Copil 6-4, 6-3.
Murray, who reached the finals last year and won the title in 2015 (and in 2008 when it was on hard courts), is now 11-0 in the first round a the event. But there’s still work to be done after a dissapointing start to the year.
“I still think there’s a ways to go I don’t think I’m playing perfectly just now,” said Murray. “I think there’s just things I can definitely do better. But the most positive thing about tonight was that I feel like I can serve a little bit better than I did today.”
Dominic Thiem and David Goffin were also second round winners.
Wrapping up the first round, it was a tough day for Spanish hopefuls. Alexander Zverev beat the homestanding Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-3. Ivo Karlovic saved 4 matchpoints to deny Roberta Bautista Agut in a final set breaker and Benoit Paire knocked out Pablo Carreno Busta.
Also, Ryan Harrison kept Bernard Tomic reeling and Gilles Muller upeneded Tommy Haas.
It’s a big Wednesday with 3-time champion Rafael Nadal returning to face Fabio Fognini. Defending champion Novak Djokovic, now coachless, debuts against Nicolas Almagro and Stan Wawrinka battles Paire. David Ferrer also takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
WEDNESDAY MADRID SCHEDULE
MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
WTA – [WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
ATP – [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) vs  N. Djokovic (SRB)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs  R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA –  A. Kerber (GER) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP –  S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs B. Paire (FRA)
ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 12:00 noon
ATP –  K. Nishikori (JPN) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
ATP – D. Ferrer (ESP) vs  J. Tsonga (FRA)
ATP – G. Simon (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [LL] B. Coric (CRO) vs [Q] P. Herbert (FRA)
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs  M. Cilic (CRO)
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