Andy Murray fought again from a set down and survived three match factors to say a dramatic tiebreak win over Lorenzo Sonego on the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.
Murray, a wildcard for the ATP 250 event, received a 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in his first aggressive look since his spectacular run on the Australian Open final month.
The previous world No. 1 double faulted at hand Sonego the primary service sport of the match, serving to the Italian win the opening set, though Murray responded by breaking twice within the subsequent to carry the ultimate conflict of 32 to a closing set. resolution maker.
Murray survived three match factors to carry serve in sport ten and led the sport to a tie-break, the place he fought again after dropping the primary three factors to say a 7-4 victory and safe his place within the second spherical.
“It was actually robust,” Murray stated after the sport. “We have by no means performed collectively or practiced collectively earlier than, so I wasn’t positive how the match was going to go and it took some getting used to his sport.
“He is a really aggressive participant, he takes quite a lot of dangers, however it’s high-risk tennis. He rolled the cube on the finish, and it regarded like he had the momentum. However fortunately in the course of this tie-break, he made some errors and I managed to show issues round.”
Murray’s victory is the second event in a row the place he has wanted a closing set tie-break to progress within the first spherical, after saving a match level to defeat Matteo Berrettini to start out his Open d’Open marketing campaign. ‘Australia.
The 35-year-old will now face former Olympic gold medalist and fourth seed Alexander Zverev – who obtained a first-round bye – within the spherical of 16 on Wednesday.
Fellow Briton Liam Broady additionally scored a final-set tie-break in opposition to Ukraine’s Oleksii Krutykh to win 6-0 4-6 7-6 (7-2), establishing a second-round conflict with the previous champion. the US Open Daniil Medvedev.
Sixth-seeded Dan Evans begins his singles marketing campaign in opposition to Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuouri on Tuesday, after pairing Jonny O’Mara to a 6-5 7-5 10-7 win over Ilya Ivashka and Andrey Rublev within the opening spherical double.
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