Two-time champion Andy Murray is still finding success in Cincinnati. The former No. 1 opened play last night and cruised through veteran Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4.
Murray was potent on serve delivering 15 aces among his 38 winners during the 1 hour, 50 minute affair.
“I thought I did well. I moved pretty well for my first singles match in a while on hard courts,” Murray said. “Certainly, a little bit more confidence in my movement than when I played him a couple of years ago. It was my first match I’d played since the metal hip in so I was a bit apprehensive.
“He uses all the angles on the court really well and makes you move a lot so you need to move well against him and I did that tonight. I served good. I got a lot of free points on my serve. I thought I was taking control of the rallies when I had the opportunities so it was a good match.”
Murray is hoping to use Cincinnati as a stepping stone after suffering a quad tear during Tokyo.
“I can’t really look too far ahead right now,” Murray said Sunday. “I think like my team, you know, planning like my physical conditioning and my scheduling and everything, I think, you know, that can be their job to sort of plan those things out, but for me I just need to kind of like take things very much like each week at a time just now and give all my energy to each match and each event that I play and see where I’m at at the end of the US Open.”
Murray will await the Hubert Hurkacz – Alejandro Davidovich Fokina winner on Wednesday.
Birthday boys Jannik Sinner and Diego Schwartzman celebrated in style with wins.
Felix Auger-Aliassime got in the win column with a very tough 7-6(0), 6-3 win over Marton Fucsovics. Alex De Minaur came from a set down to defeat Filip Krajinovic. And Fabio Fognini and Karen Khachanov advanced.
Today, Alexander Zverev will try to nip an 0-6 record at Cincinnati against Llyod Harris. Matteo Berrettini, John Isner and Denis Shapovalov are also on court.
TUESDAY CINCINNATI MASTERS SCHEDULE
Center Court Starts At 11:00 Am
Magda Linette v 12 Simona Halep
Not Before 12:00 PM
(Q) Su-Wei Hsieh v Cori Gauff
R32 5 Matteo Berrettini v Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Not Before 7:00 PM
(Q) Liudmila Samsonova v 14 Victoria Azarenka
R32 Lloyd Harris v 3 Alexander Zverev
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