Murray shakes off the rust against Jaziri

By for on
Andy Murray today wasted little time moving into the last 16 of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The Scot posted a solid 6-4 6-1 victory in the UAE over 51st-ranked Malek Jaziri.

This was the first outing for the world number one since his surprising fourth-round exit to Mischa Zverev in January’s Australian Open.

Murray has since revealed that he contracted shingles on returning from Melbourne, so the bout against the Arab number one might have proved a tougher test than usual.

Murray was tentative in the early stages, but was stung into action when Jaziri broke for 2-1 with a lucky net cord. After the Scot replied in kind, the two men then held comfortably until Jaziri served at 4-5.

The Tunisian netted a backhand cross-court, with Murray following up with a cracking cross-court return winner. A lob and drive at Jaziri’s body and a couple of big forehands later and the Scot had sealed the set.

Having shaken off the rust in the first set, Murray made light work of the second as his opponent faded away in the humidity, briefly calling the trainer in the fourth game. The Brit wrapped up the encounter in an hour and 20 minutes.

In the second round, Murray will face Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who won their last meeting in Indian Wells in 2012.
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February 28, 2017, 05:45 PM
By blueberryhill

Thanks for the report Nigel.  As for the shingles, Andy has been assuring us on the ATP website that he feels perfectly fine now as any residual tiredness wore off pretty quickly.  Had that not been the case he probably wouldn't have played.  Also it sounds from the report that he might have picked the illness up at the AO, which would at least go some way of making sense of his defeat at the hands of Zverev - a match report which I'm very grateful has finally been sent on its way to the depths of the forum!
February 28, 2017, 08:49 PM
By Aileen

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