Andy Murray cruised to victory over big serving American Sam Querrey in his opening match of the Cincinnati Masters.
Murray was playing his first match in Cincinnati after receiving a first round bye and the Scot showed some signs of “ring rust” as he got of to a slow start dropping a break early only to recover and win comfortably 7-6 6-1.
Sam Querrey had most the support behind and he delighted the American crowd early on by breaking Murray on the Brit’s opening service game to take a 3-0 lead. Murray was definitely struggling with a sluggish start but he began to find his serve with 2 aces securing his next service game from a tricky 30 all position.
6 foot 6 inches Querrey is one of the biggest servers on tour and had served 39 service winners which included 20 aces against Paul-Henri Mathieu in the first round. Murray though is no slouch on return and waited foe his chance on the home favorites serve. That chance came in the 7th game as Murray raced to to a 0-40 on Querrey’s serve. He needed two chances to get the break back, but the score was soon level at 4-4 and the match headed on course for a tie break.
Andy started the breaker well obtaining an immediate mini break and holding his two serves to take a 3-0 lead. He added another mini break to take a 4-1 advantage, before dropping one back to Querrey and the score was 5-2. Querrey though could not produce the serves he managed yesterday and lost another point on serve and Murray carved three set points. He only needed one.
The second set was cruise control for Murray and he raced to a 4-0 lead with new comfortable service breaks. He did drop his serve to Querrey, but the Scot broke again to win the set 6-1.
Although Murray was broken twice in this short match, he managed to serve 11 aces compared with 7 form Querrey, which is decent going considering Querrey service stats in his first round match on Monday.
I was feeling pretty uncomfortable on the court to start with. It is so fast here compared to last week and I was struggling to control the ball early on and getting a bit frustrated. But when I calmed down and played a few more games I started to play better and won comfortably in the end.
Murray will now face Richard Gasquet or Dmitry Tursunov in the third round tomorrow. Gasquet and Tursunov will play later on today, around 5pm local time (10pm UK time).