After winning the first round in San Diego, Andy Murray pinpoints a turning point in his recovery.
Andy Murray won the San Diego Open in in 69 minutes, defeating lucky loser Denis Kudla 6-3 6-2.
Andy Murray breezed through his first match in San Diego despite a last-minute opponent switch. The three-time Grand Slam champion was scheduled to face fellow former top-five player Kei Nishikori, but Nishikori pulled out 90 minutes before the match, and lucky loser Denis Kudla stepped in. Murray appeared unaffected by the transition, as he beat the world No. 94 in in 69 minutes, raising his expectations even higher.
Murray’s comeback has been picking up steam of late, with the former world No. 1 reaching the third round of Wimbledon by defeating the 24th seed, and pushing third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets in the first round of the US Open before reaching the quarter-finals of the Moselle Open last week.
The current world No.109 has maintained his excellent form, finishing his first round at the San Diego Open in just over an hour and nine minutes.
With both receiving wild cards into the tournament, the 34-year-old was set to play fellow tour veteran Nishikori in a blockbuster first round match, but the former world No.4 pulled out 90 minutes before the match was set to begin, citing a back injury, and lucky loser Denis Kudla was given a spot in the draw to face Murray.
The last-minute alteration had no effect on the Brit’s pre-match preparations, as he breezed through and defeated the American 6-3 6-2 in a dominant display full of typical Murray lobs and rallies.
Throughout the match, he won 90% of his first-serve points, dropping only three of the 31 points, exceeding Kudla’s 63 percent.
Murray also made an impression on the American’s serve, winning 47% of return points and converting three of his four break points while not facing one.
The three-time Grand Slam champion will meet second-seeded and newly-inducted top-ten player Casper Ruud in the second round, with the Norwegian receiving a first-round bye.
Murray has set high expectations for himself and acknowledged that he believes he should be beating the top players, using the US Open as an example. “Brinkwire News Summary.”