Andy Murray returned to motion with victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at
the inaugural Gijon Open in Spain on Tuesday.
The three-time Grand Slam champion missed final week’s Astana Open by way of sickness and made a sluggish begin towards his Spanish opponent however discovered his kind to report a wonderful 7-5 6-2 win on the ATP 250 occasion.
Murray, who final performed on the Laver Cup in London final month, dropped serve within the opening sport and needed to save break factors in two of his subsequent three service video games to remain in contact.
He obtained his reward for that effort within the eighth sport when he obtained again on serve, and one other break within the twelfth sport earned him the opening set.
Murray maintained his momentum by shifting forward early within the second towards Davidovich Fokina, ranked 17 locations above the previous world No 1 at 31, and completed strongly to arrange a second-round conflict with both Pedro Cachin of Argentina or Russian qualifier Alexey Vatutin.
“Within the first set he was taking part in significantly better than me,” mentioned Murray. “He had a number of probabilities to get the second break of serve and I managed to remain powerful in these moments. On the 4-3 sport he performed a foul sport to provide me the break again and after that I began to play a bit bit higher.
“I believe he was a bit pissed off, after which within the second set his stage dropped a bit bit, however the finish of the primary set was essential as a result of he was taking part in very nicely and it was a tough first set.”
The 35-year-old, who has reached finals in Sydney and Stuttgart this yr, is chasing his first tour-level title since he triumphed in Antwerp in 2019.
“Clearly I nonetheless take pleasure in it,” mentioned Murray. “It is not simple, the younger guys are shifting up extraordinarily nicely, and so they’re all hitting the ball more durable and more durable. Typically it’s tough to maintain up, however I nonetheless take pleasure in it.
“We had a implausible crowd in the present day, a very nice environment for the primary spherical of a match… I actually take pleasure in taking part in in new locations, I’ve by no means been right here earlier than and it is a ravishing place, so I am completely satisfied to be right here.”