Murray Survives McDonald In Washington Hard Court Comeback

by Staff | July 31st, 2018, 10:03 am

Andy Murray was on the brink of a third straight early loss Monday night in Washington. Facing Mackenzie McDonald, Murray was down a set and a break point late in the second before recovering to win 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in 2 hours, 37 minutes.

Murray led early with a break but fell apart allowing the American to string together a run of games to take the opener. He settled down in the second then in the third served for it a 5-4, but couldn’t do the job. After McDonald clipped the net on a putaway at the net, Murray broke then served it out.

“It was a tough, tough match,” Murray said. “It could have gone either way. Obviously if you lose a match like that, it’s a tough one. When I lost to Gabashvili here, I lost serving for the match, so I was thinking about that a little bit, too. It is just nice to get through.

“I wasn’t dictating many of the points. I wasn’t hitting the ball that cleanly. I just fought and tried to make it tough for him,” Murray said. “Made a few little adjustments here and there. But mentally, it was a big one to get through.

Murray was playing his first hard court match since 2017 Indian Wells while McDonald, who was a UCLA standout, made the fourth round at Wimbledon.

“I think I cut the unforced errors down. I started to serve a little bit better. I started off the match serving very poorly. I was struggling on my serve and didn’t feel like I had much rhythm,” Murray said. “I haven’t played in the darkness or under the lights in a very long time and I felt like my rhythm was off on serve, my timing a little bit. That started to get a bit better as the match went on, so that helped… I made a few less mistakes, but I would like to play better tennis in the next match.”

The win sets Murray up with a battle against countryman Kyle Edmund in the second round.

On a rainy start to Monday, Americans Noah Rubin and Tim Smyczek were winners. Stan Wawrinka’s first round match was forced to Tuesday.

Also today, defending champion Alexander Zverev opens play against Malek Jaziri.

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21 Comments for Murray Survives McDonald In Washington Hard Court Comeback

RZ Says:

Yay! Hopefully the first of many wins for Andy on his comeback trail.

Margot Says:

RZ: Look on off topic thread. We were worried about you. BTW did you see the match?

RZ Says:

Thanks Margot. Work has been keeping me busy and I haven’t had much chance to drop in on Tennis-X. Thanks for the concern – all is good and no fires near me.

I was in the greater DC area last week, but had to head home before the tournament began. I missed Andy’s arrival to the area by a day! I only saw about 2 minutes of the match in the first set, when they were showing it on one of the TVs at my gym. Andy had just gotten broken and McDouble (that’s my nickname for him for now) consolidated the break. I figured it was a reminder that I am not supposed to be watching Andy on TV. :-)

Colin Says:

Thank goodness, I shan’t have to get up at an ungodly hour, as I so often do during American events. I expect Edmund to win, but as Fats Waller put it, “One never knows, do one?”

Margot Says:

Just glad you are OK RZ. Ahem, ahem…just carry on not watching and I’ll keep you company!

Hannah Says:

I didn’t see the match but watched the highlights and Andy seemed to be moving really well. It was a close-run match and McDonald played well – so Andy getting through this one was a good start to his comeback. Kyle may be a step too far just yet – but who knows? Kyle has, after all only beaten Murray once!
Whoever wins the next match, Murray is clearly on the mend and so long as he paces himself sensibly, there’s no reason he can’t work his way back-up the rankings….

j-kath Says:

Hannah: Good to have a fresh opinion on Andy. But yes, normally Andy would beat Kyle but as (Kyle) improves (which he is) – it is likely to be a step too far, too soon re. Andy.

Let’s see what next week brings re. Andy.

Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Let’s talk about Fedal instead!

Margot Says:

^ Lol. Let’s not!

Mystic - Willow Says:

TFS 1976 its a Murray thread, so lets leave them out it ….

Hannah Says:

This thread is about Murray, not ‘FEDAL.’ They get enough coverage!

AndyMira Says:

Gals!…Relax!…I think TFS 1976 was just teasin’…

Margot Says:

AM: I found this but I don’t think you’ll be able to access it as it says “UK.”;all

AndyMira Says:

Oh!…I think so too M!…But, i will try it nonetheless!…Thanks M!..Btw..u will watch Andy thru this link M?

j-kath Says:


I go to Flashscore all the time – it lists all contests across the world – however, but it does not show tennis in action – it gives scores on 3 levels…once you decide which match you want to follow. It is not only UK related….

Margot Says:

^ OK will have another look when the match starts.

AndyMira Says:

JK/M!…Yeah!…I also use Flashscore when i want to follow live scores…But,i never knew that we can see LIVE action with it too…

Hannah Says:

For anyone wanting to watch the match streamed free online, there’s sites such as: streamhunter, VIP, frontrow sports, to name a few. Sometimes you have to fiddle a bit with them, clicking on pop-ups and getting rid of ads, but it does usually work after experimentation!

Margot Says:

^ I’ve recommended livescorehunter to AM but not sure she can get where she lives.

j-kath Says:

A-M: You can’t see the action – but you can jump into various ways they present the scoring – useful to track on who is ahead on different matches…..thanks Hannah – U can also pay £10 per month for some live tennis action.. as I usually get into a mess with Streamhunter etc.

AndyMira Says:

M!….I definitely will try your link later…Thank u mucho k?

Hannah…Thank u so much too for your recommendation!…

JK…Yeah!…Very useful!

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