Andy Murray came from a set down today to beat the world number 34 Pablo Andujar 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 on his Acapulco debut.
The Brit didn’t have it all his own way however, after a nightmare start saw him within a point of being bageled. But Murray remained calm, and once the Wimbledon champion finally got going Andujar had no answer, with the Scot dropping just four of the next 19 games to storm into round two.
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Andujar came out all guns blazing and after saving break points in his opening game, he started to dominate. Murray had no answer for the Spaniard’s blistering forehands and aggressive game and a combination of Andujar’s power and Murray’s errors saw the former storm into a 5-0 lead.
The Spaniard was oozing confidence and he earned a set point after an incredible reflex volley managed to loop over Murray’s head and onto the baseline. But this time the Brit survived, and a lucky net cord on game point finally got him on the board to avoid the indignity of a bagel.
And now Murray was beginning to show signs of life. A much stronger game saw the Brit break back before his most comfortable service game of the match – holding to 15 – moved him back within two games of his opponent. But after a minor scare Andujar finally served it out, taking the first set 6-3 on his fifth set point with yet another inch perfect lob volley.
But despite the fightback in set one it seemed Murray had reverted back to his early form in the first game of the second, broken yet again after a routine smash went long – undoing all his hard work having saved an earlier break point with an outrageous backhand winner down the line.
Murray’s response was instant, opening up break points with a stunning return winner before Andujar hit a lob long to hand the advantage straight back. The world number seven followed it up with a love hold – his first of the match – to take the lead in a set for the first time. And the Brit was now starting to find his rhythm, breaking in the next game courtesy of a searing forehand winner.
It was now the Wimbledon champion dominating the rallies, and Murray broke again before serving it out to love to complete the breadstick.
Andujar put an end to the six game winning run with a hold to start set three, as he desperately looked to re-impose himself upon the match. But Murray wasn’t giving him the chance, and the Brit continued to dictate from the baseline.
The breakthrough came in game five after Andujar eventually faltered, having already saved two break points in the game. Murray had to negotiate a big scare in his next game however, quickly falling 0-40 down as the Spaniard looked to haul himself back into the match. But the Scot reeled off five points in succession to fend off the danger and then broke again in identical fashion to the fifth game, sealing the double break with a rasping backhand winner.
And Murray sealed the victory with another thundering forehand before letting out a roar of relief.
The Brit will now take on Joao Sousa in round two, whom he defeated in straight sets in their only previous meeting.