Andy Murray played his first match of 2020 on Saturday, producing a 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-1 defeat of Frances Tiafoe to advance to the second round of the “Cincinnati” Masters being staged in New York.
The 33-year-old Scot who has had two years of hip surgery drama, last played a match in November at the Davis Cup Finals; Tiafoe recently recovered after a positive test for COVID-19.
Former No. 1 Murray who now stands 129th after his long absences from the sport, will next take on German fifth seed Alexander Zverev who will make his start at the no-fan event in the second round after a bye.
Murray, ten years the senior of Zverev, won both of their previous matches, played 11 days apart in 2016 at the Hopman Cup and Australian Open.
Murray managed a recovery in the opening set from 5-2 down against Tiafoe, bringing it into a tiebreaker and saving a set point in the decider before taking the set with a forehand winner.
The American levelled at a set each but Murray, Cincinnait champion in 2008 and 2011, took a 3-0 lead in the third on his way to victory in two and a half hours.
After the match two-time Western & Southern Open champion Murray said “I thought I moved well today. That was probably the thing I was most happy with and probably the thing I was most apprehensive about going into the match,”
“I thought I moved pretty well. My tennis could have been better. I did some things well at the end, but I could definitely improve in terms of my game.”
Main photo:- Andy Murray photo Peter Staples ATP tour.com