First time appearing at the Dubai Tennis Champions since winning it in 2017, Andy Murray, returned to winning ways after a win over Christopher O’Connell on Monday. He took his ATP record to 17-4 with this win.
Although the Brit lost the first set, he kept his composure and won the next two sets 6-3, and 7-5, which took almost three hours. “I was very frustrated early on in the match, couldn’t quite find my game and he was dictating a lot of the rallies. I managed to serve a bit better as the match went on which helped me a lot, and I just managed to tough it out in the end,” said Andy Murray as PTI reports.
Murray is in a tough spot right now as he is between coaches, but he did not let that affect his game as he worked hard to get this win. He saved 4 breakpoints under immense pressure when serving at 4-4, and the Australian caused more panic as he brought up three match points during his serve. But Murray survived the scare, as he converted the second to put the match to bed.
He will either face fourth seed Jannik Sinner or World No. 43 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round as he looks to win his 700th career game, and he feels confident and physically good to go for the title once again. The Brit has been through a lot physically and mentally in the past few years, but he admits he feels good and he is capable of competing at the highest level.