Andy Murray received a battle of Wimbledon champions Wednesday on the Infosys Corridor of Fame Open in Newport. The 2-time singles titlist at SW19 labored exhausting to discover a well past the slice-and-dice recreation of Max Purcell, who received the Wimbledon doubles title on Saturday alongside Matthew Ebden.
In a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory, Murray wanted time to discover a manner by way of the unorthodox Purcell, who sliced practically all of his floor strokes within the two-hour, 23-minute match. The Australian’s ways pissed off his opponent early on the grass courtroom, however after falling behind 1-5 within the opening set, Murray discovered a technique to assault the shortage of tempo because the match wore on.
“He has a really completely different recreation model to loads of the gamers on Tour these days,” Murray mentioned post-match. “He was utilizing loads of slice off of either side, which may be very uncommon. It took a while to get used to that manner of enjoying.
“Then as soon as I began to search out my rhythm a little bit bit in the midst of the second set I used to be in a position to dictate factors and push him across the courtroom a little bit bit extra, whereas within the first set I definitely wasn’t doing that.”
Enjoying in Newport for the primary time since 2006, Murray moved to the brink of victory with a battling maintain to make it 4-1 within the third set. He let loose a roar when an enormous serve saved a break level, then celebrated once more when an ace sealed the maintain — one in all his eight within the contest.
Regardless of the scoreline within the remaining two units, Murray was made to work for every recreation as each gamers have been examined bodily in scorching circumstances. The Briton completed with seven breaks on 15 possibilities, whereas saving seven of the 11 break factors in opposition to him.
The second-seeded Murray advances to face Alexander Bublik within the third spherical, after the third seed defeated Jack Sock 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 earlier on Wednesday.
Fourth seed Maxime Cressy additionally superior courtesy of a 6-3, 6-4 win in an all-American matchup in opposition to Mitchell Krueger. He’ll subsequent face Steve Johnson, who superior previous seventh seed Jiri Vesely through walkover.
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