Andy Murray laid on 18 aces in the opening round of the ATP event in Metz on Tuesday to earn his first Tour-level victory in a month.
The 113th-ranked Scot who is playing as a wild card stormed back after dropping the opening set to defeat French sixth seed Ugo Humbert 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The win was the first for one-time No. 1 Murray since defeating lucky loser Noel Rubin in a Winston Salem match the week before the US Open start.
Murray is playing the French event for the first time since his debut in 2007, when he reached the final against Spain’s Tommy Robredo as he was beginning his climb in the rankings.
Since the first of two hip surgeries four years ago, double Wimbledon winner Murray has been struggling to fully recover from a run of physical problems.
The 26th-ranked Humbert made his biggest splash on the Tour at Halle in June as he defeated No. 6 Alexander Zverev and seventh-ranked Andrey Rublev on the way to the grass title.
Murray saved six of seven break points as he reached the second round
Murray moved into a match with Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who he has beaten in four of five matches with his only loss coming in their last match at Indian Wells four years ago.
I’ve found it tough in the past few years that I don’t know some players that well and it’s difficult to play against them and win.
“Today, I felt I had a good game plan and executed it pretty well.”
The Scot said the momentum turned after he lost the opening set.
“I had some chances early in the first set and didn’t take them, then he had his break point at the end of the first set and hit a really good return.
“He played a little bit better.
“In the second and third sets, it was the other way around. He didn’t play well when he had his opportunities and I took mine.”
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