Andy Murray required less than 2 hours to defeat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, breaking him 7 times to win 6-2, 6-3, 6-0.
His wrist, which he has had problems with for the past few months, didn’t really seem to bother him much during the match. After getting the all clear from doctors for his wrist during the week, it was down to Andy himself to get his head together and work through the match.
In the first set Cuevas managed to break back to 5-2, but Murray regained control of the match to win the first set 6-2. In the second set, when Andy was serving for the set at 5-3, Cuevas put up a little bit of resistance and earned a double break point. However, again Andy regained his momentum and served out the game, winning the second set. The third set was just an annihilation of poor Cuevas, which luckily for him was over quickly, in just 21 minutes.
You could practically see his confidence growing towards the end; he was hitting his forehands with far more power than we have seen in his last few matches, and he hardly missed a backhand. In a post-match interview with Sky Sports Andy said:
“This is my favourite tournament and it means a lot to go out there and play like that… Everything was pretty solid considering the circumstances. I’m just happy to be back on the court and able to play like that.”
His natural talent was definitely more visible on the court today where he completely outplayed Cuevas. It was obvious that Andy wasn’t giving it his all, but he didn’t need to. He’s just saving his energy! It was clear that his sessions with a sports psychologist have had a positive effect. Andy commented on his newfound positive mental attitude:
“I think I learned to appreciate playing tennis again. I was getting angry on court about things that weren’t really necessary… The last year it’s not been as good, I’ve been showing more negative signs than I have positive, and I learned to just enjoy playing again because I missed such a big chunk of this year… I can play great tennis and I should enjoy it more.”
Andy is now through to the second round, where he will face the 35 year old Swede and veteran of the game, Jonas Bjorkman. Bjorkman is a former US Open semi-finalist, he was defeated by Greg Rusedski in 1997.