Andy Murray claimed an emphatic victory over American Mackenzie McDonald earlier today, to set up a second-round clash with fellow Brit Kyle Edmund at the Citi Open in Washington. The 31-year-old, who was playing his first competitive match since dropping out of this summer’s Wimbledon tournament, recovered from one set down to beat McDonald 3-6 6-4 7-6.
There was an air of uncertainty surrounding Andy Murray as he approached his first-round tie with Mackenzie McDonald this morning. Having opted out of Wimbledon to avoid putting further strain on his injured hip, fans were unsure if Murray would be back to his usual self. And indeed, after McDonald broke two of the Scot’s three opening service games, Murray fans began to fear the worst.
Murray slowly felt his way into the game however, and found himself 5-4 up in the second before serving out the set. What followed was a 73 minute decider, which saw Murray once again find himself serving for the set at 5-4, until Mackenzie McDonald saved five match points to draw level. Murray broke back to go 6-5 up, and held his nerve to serve out the match.
“It was a tough, tough match,” said Murray. “It could have gone either way. Obviously, if you lose a match like that, it’s a tough one. “When I lost to (Teymuraz) Gabashvili here (three years ago), I lost serving for the match, so I was thinking about that a little bit, too. It is just nice to get through.
“I wasn’t dictating many of the points. I wasn’t hitting the ball that cleanly. I just fought and tried to make it tough for him.
“Made a few little adjustments here and there. But mentally, it was a big one to get through.”
Murray is now set to take on Kyle Edmund tomorrow in the second-round of the Citi Open. The 31-year-old recently faced Edmund in the second-round of the Eastbourne International, where he lost in straight sets (4-6 4-6). The match will mark Edmund’s first outing since losing to eventual winner Novak Djokovic in the third-round at Wimbledon (6-4 3-6 2-6 4-6).