Murray Wins Cincinnati Opener against David Nalbandian

Murray Nalbandian

Andy Murray’s opening round win at the 2011 Cincinnati masters will not be remember for it’s high level of play or great serving. Murray and Nalbandian could have produced a classic of a match, but in the end it was poor serving and unforced errors that decided the match. Murray prevailed 6-4, 6-1 to book his place in round 3.

Murray dropped his serve in the opening service game, though had numerous chances in the Nalbandian’s following two service games to get the break back. Nalbandian produced 4 double faults in is first service, yet Murray failed to break back.

The the British No. 1 did draw level at 3-all when he finally converted his ninth break point opportunity, but lost his serve once again in the next game before finally taking control of the match, breaking back and breaking again to claim the first set.

In the second set Murray won all but four points on the Nalbandian service games in the second set to close out the match.

After winning today he said,

I thought I played better than I did last week, but the goal when you haven’t been playing for a long time is just to play just a little bit better every day and try and make small improvements. I was definitely better today than last week.

Murray will play American Alex Bogomolov Jr. in the third round after the American qualifier ousted in form Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4. Murray lost to Bogomolov earlier this year in Miami, and since then the 28 year old American has risen from outside the top 100 to a career-high ranking of  50 in the world. His win over Murray was his first ever top 10 victory.