Wildcard Andy Murray keeps the British success rolling with a dominant first-round win at a low-profile match in France… with the Scot eyeing a main enchancment in his rating earlier than the finish of the yr
- Andy Murray beat Germany’s Yannick Maden 6-3 6-1 at the Rennes Open
- It was the Scot’s first match since his tetchy contest with Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Murray plans to play at smaller occasions to keep away from huge names and enhance his rating
- The three-time main champion additionally has a wildcard to an occasion later this month
The three-time Grand Slam winner, a wildcard at the second-tier competitors and the fifth seed, noticed off Maden 6-3 6-1 in an hour and 12 minutes.
After being damaged in his second service recreation, Murray instantly broke again after which broke Maden once more in the eighth recreation en path to claiming the first set.
Andy Murray adopted Emma Raducanu’s beautiful success with a win of his personal in France
The 34-year-old disposed of Germany’s Yannick Maden 6-3 6-1 at the Rennes Open challenger
The 34-year-old Briton additionally broke his opponent in the opening recreation of the second set as he received 9 video games out of 10 to seal his passage into the subsequent spherical.
Murray is to play the winner of the contest between French qualifier Manuel Guinard and Russia’s Roman Safiullin in the final 16.
He is the first Grand Slam champion to compete in the match, which began in 2006 when it was received by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The likes of Richard Gasquet, the prime seed, Gilles Simon and Lucas Pouille are additionally taking part in in the occasion.
Murray is in motion in Rennes after his first-round defeat at the US Open to 3rd seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, in which he pushed the Greek to 5 units.
The Scot, who has been by means of a variety of harm issues in the previous couple of years and is presently ranked at 116 in the world, informed a press convention after the win over Maden: ‘It did not begin so nicely, [it was] fairly completely different situations taking part in right here to New York.
‘It is kind of a lot slower and the ball is bouncing very low, so it is fairly completely different. But I believe second set I did higher, I served significantly better, and began to hit the ball a little bit cleaner from the again of the courtroom.
‘It was a first rate begin, but it surely takes a little bit of time getting used to the courtroom and the situations.
‘I wish to play matches. I have not had many matches this yr, and proper now my physique feels good.
Murray was taking part in his first match since his bad-tempered encounter with Stefanos Tsitsipas
‘One of the targets between now and the finish of the yr is to make a huge enchancment in my rating, and to do this I have to be competing typically.
‘I nonetheless really feel like I can play at a very excessive degree, but when all of the time once I go to the huge tournaments I’m taking part in prime gamers proper at the starting of the occasions, it’s not really easy. So I must attempt to enhance my rating to keep away from conditions like that.
‘Right now I really feel good. The few weeks I had over in America, I felt good every week, which this yr I’ve not likely at many factors felt good for like three, 4, 5, six weeks in a row.
‘So that is why I’m right here to compete and I’m going to attempt to play as many tournaments as I can between now and the finish of the yr whereas my physique feels good.’
Murray has additionally been given a wildcard into the ATP occasion in San Diego later this month.