Andy Murray isn’t one for moral victories, however, the Scot ought to be advocated with the aid of his first-round in shape on the Winston-Salem Open, although it ended in a loss.
American Tennys Sandgren beat Murray 7-6(eight), 7-five to increase to the second one spherical on the ATP 250 match. Sandgren fought thru a marathon seventy five-minute first set, however, changed into damaged at the same time as serving for the fit at 5-4. Sandgren, but, broke right back and served it out on his 2nd try. It changed into a splendid ecosystem. Everyone turned into great excitement.
Obviously, Andy, his profession speaks for itself, so as to have him here and playing and so one can compete in opposition to him tonight turned into a delight Sandgren said. The in shape itself became simply close. The first set ought to have gone either manner and to pop out with it changed into a huge remedy. It changed into a tight two-set fit, long and bodily and he is glad to come thru.
Murray turned into gambling in simplest his 2d singles in shape in view that January on the Australian Open. After present process right hip surgical operation on 28 January, he began his singles comeback ultimate week at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, falling to eventual semi-finalist Richard Gasquet within the first round.
While each suit ended in defeat, Murray showed good-sized development in opposition to Sandgren. Gone have been the tentative groundstrokes that ruled rallies against the crafty Gasquet, and Murray, who now and again allow balls move against the Frenchman, chased down the entirety he may want to and charged ahead regularly against Sandgren. The American, however, changed into extra than glad to skip Murray at the run and at the stretch.
Murray will not compete at next week’s US Open and is considering playing an ATP Challenger Tour event earlier than heading to Asia for the tour-level swing there.