Andy Murray has once again shown his brilliancy on the court as he beats the world no. 28 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round of the Gijon Open.
Murray is playing in the inaugural edition of the Gijon Open as a wildcard. In the very first round, he got paired up with the 6th seed of the tournament. Despite being an underdog in the pre-match analysis, the Briton played excellent tennis on his way to winning the match in straight sets.
The match was not without excitement. Especially the first set where both players fought till the bitter end. Fokina was about to have Murray down by two breaks when the 3-time grand slam champion made a stunning comeback. After a brilliant shot that helped Murray to save the breakpoint at 2-4 down, he went on to break Fokina twice himself before taking the set 7-5.
The next set was all Murray. The 46 ATP titles winner did not give any chance to his opponent in the second set. Since being down 2-4 in the first set, he won 11 out of the next 14 games. He finished the match in straight sets winning by the margin of 7-5, 6-2.
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In the post-game interview, Murray expressed his feeling about the 1 hour and 44 minutes match. “In the first set he was playing much better than me,” said Murray. “He had a lot of chances to get the second break of serve and I managed to stay tough in those moments. At the 4-3 game he played a bad game to give me the break back and after that, I started to play a little bit better.”
“I think he was a bit frustrated, and then in the second set his level dropped a little bit, but the end of the first set was very important because he was playing very well and it was a difficult first set,” he added.
Andy Murray will play his next game in the round of 16 against the winner of Pedro Cachín vs. Alexey Vatutin on Thursday.