2011 Queens Club: Murray Opens with Win

Queens Club 2011Andy Murray kicked off his grass-court season with a three-set win over Belgium’s Xavier Malisse.

The world number 4 had to battle the rain as well as the former Wimbledon semi finalist, Malisse. It wasn’t a great Murray performance and Scot struggle to finish of the match in straight sets after making a strong start, eventually winning the 2nd round match 6-3 5-7 6-3.

On a miserable day in London, Murray took an early lead as Malisse struggled with his own game, double-faulting on break point to hand Murray the early advantage only for the rain to halt his progress after only just over 10 minutes of play. On the resumption of play Murray played a loose service game and gave Malisse two break points to get back in the set, but the Scot held firm to secure the game and eventually the set.

As with most grass court matches, serve dominated much of the match and the second set, after 10 games going with the serve Murray  earned three break points at 5-5, however his failure to convert any of them proved disastrous for Murray as Malisse made him pay by breaking in the following game to level the match.

The world number four made an early breakthrough in the decider, helped out by a number of forehand errors from the Belgium and although he had a few chances to break back, Malisse’s tournament was soon over as Murray secured a 2nd break and the match in the ninth game.

Murray will next face 14th seed Janko Tipsarevic in the third round.