Murray gets set for hardcourt return in Washington Open

Kristopher Nichols
August 3, 2018

The 31-year-old was speaking at a press conference ahead of his return to competitive action at the Citi Open in Washington D.C.

"I'll have to play much better if I want to win that match, more aggressively", Murray said. It is just nice to get through.

It was a hard assignment for Murray, who will face countryman Edmund in the second round following his two hour, 37-minute battle.

"I started off the match serving very poorly", he said. Needing over 2 and a half hours to get through, Murray squandered 5 match points in the decider at 5-4, allowing the American to break his serve to draw level at 5-5. Skipping Wimbledon in order to give himself more time to be match ready for best of 5 sets might pay off handsomely.

McDonald, 23, broke two of Murray's opening three service games and wrapped up the first set 6-3 inside 40 minutes.

The three-time major champion made his comeback from hip surgery with a defeat to Nick Kyrgios at Queen's Club last month and beat Stan Wawrinka in Eastbourne before losing to fellow Brit Kyle Edmund. "If I stay fit and healthy, I'm not anxious so much about ranking".

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The match began after 10 p.m. Monday because of a rain delay and ended at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Murray broke back immediately for a 6-5 lead following a controversial call when McDonald's racket was adjudged to have crossed the plane of the net at 30-30. "I made a few less mistakes, but I would like to play better tennis in the next match".

United States wild card Noah Rubin beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4 to reach a second-round match against USA second seed John Isner. Rubin now faces No. 2 seed John Isner, Jaziri plays No. 1 seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev, while Smyczek meets Zverev's older brother, No. 15 seed Mischa.

Murray's competitive spirit will want to put things right after the loss in Eastbourne and after experiencing his first hard-court win since the Dubai final of February previous year, Murray will really want to keep the ball rolling and keep the momentum running in his favour.

He is scheduled to play American Mackenzie McDonald on Monday evening, with the match marking his return to the hard courts for the first time since March 2017.

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