Former champion Andy Murray won his Shanghai Masters opener getting past qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
“The court is by far the fastest conditions that I have played in since I came back,” said Murray. “I really struggled with that early on. I was mistiming the ball. I felt quite slow on the court, and he was pretty much dictating all of the points.
“I managed kind of early on in the second set to start putting a bit more on my ball, going for my shots a little bit more and just trying to hit through the court a bit more, get him on the defensive, which I did pretty well.”
It was Murray’s first 3-set win on tour during this singles comeback which began in Cincinnati and a good test for the hip.
“I think each week I have been feeling good, better. In the beginning I didn’t necessarily feel good. But last couple of weeks have been, I think, much improved,” Murray commented. “My movement overall has been very good in comparison to what it was over in the States, and I’m hoping that’s something that can get a little bit better.”
Murray returns Tuesday to face Fabio Fognini in the last match on Show Court 3. The Scot has won four of seven against Fognini who ousted Sam Querrey in straights on Monday.
“I have always had tough matches with him,” said Murray. “He’s not an easy guy to play against. Unbelievably talented guy. Good hand skills. Moves well. A little bit up and down sometimes in his matches, but he’s playing really well.”
No. 9 seed Gael Monfils was also a winner beating over Italian Lorenzo Sonego in three sets. Vasek Pospisil upset No. 14 seed Diego Schwartzman and Denis Shapovalov knocked out Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-2.
On Tuesday, the second round begins highlighted by Roger Federer. The 2-time champion will play his first official tournament match since injuring his back in a shock loss to Grigor Dimitrov at the US Open. But instead of Marin Cilic, Federer will battle Albert Ramos Vinolas who eliminated the struggling Croat on Monday.
Andrey Rublev battles Borna Coric and Daniil Medvedev, John Isner are on court in singles while Novak Djokovic is in doubles action.
TUESDAY SHANGHAI SCHEDULE
Center Court 1 Starts At 12:30 Pm
1st Rd Andrey Rublev v 12 Borna Coric
1st Rd Jan-Lennard Struff v 11 Matteo Berrettini
Not Before 6:30 Pm
2nd Rd Albert Ramos-Vinolas v 2 Roger Federer
2nd Rd 3 Daniil Medvedev v (Q) Cameron Norrie
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