Former world number one Andy Murray beat Juan Ignacio Londero 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the ATP 1000 tournament in China, yesterday 7/10.
Taking a break from singles for eight months after hip surgery, Murray has been giving positive signals since returning at the ATP tour in the last three weeks. After reaching the quarter-finals of the ATP China Open last week, the Scottish tennis player continued to show physical and mental progress when upstream against Juan Ignacio Londero.
The 56th world player Londero once made it difficult for Novak Djokovic in the second round of the US Open. He continued to prove himself not an easy opponent to play when overwhelming Murray in the first set in the first round of the Shanghai Masters.
Andy Murray 2-1 Juan Ignacio Londero
Londero forced Murray to 12 minutes to keep the game at the beginning of the match. The Argentinian then faced three break-points in the fourth game, but saved it all thanks to his good late-pitch ability.
In the second set, Murray gradually adapted to the fast pitch in Shanghai. Three Grand Slam owners are more durable and have a better serve. Murray delivered 79% to the field in this set, won two games to catch the ball and won the set with a score of 6-2.
The match saw a series of durable balls between two players, with many chances of winning the game to catch the ball of both. Murray and Londero have a total of 23 break-points, but the Scottish is more brave in the final set. Murray won two games to catch the opponent’s ball in the third set and closed the match with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory after two hours and 18 minutes.
“This is the fastest pitch I’ve played since coming back from injury,” Murray told ATP. “I didn’t adapt in the first set, but I found energy in the next two sets. I pushed him back to the defensive and played it the way I wanted it to be.”
In the second round, Murray will face No. 10 seed Fabio Fognini, who eliminated Querrey after two sets. Fognini is determined in Shanghai because he is competing for a ticket to ATP Finals. The Italian player is currently only eight points behind Alexander Zverev’s eighth place.