Murray fights back to beat McDonald in first round of Washington Open

first_imgAndy Murray came from behind to beat American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 7-5 in the first round of the Washington Open on Monday.Murray was nowhere near his best but he somehow managed to survive a marathon to progress into the second round in Washington.Murray, who is slowly making a comeback to top level tennis after undergoing a hip surgery in January, struggled in the first set of the rain-hit match. He lost three services games after some uncharacteristically soft second serves.His troubles were not gone in the second set as well but he managed to come back when McDonald hit a forehand wide to hand Murray a break and a 5-4 advantage in the second set.Worth. The. Wait. @andy_murray prevails in the wee hours of the morning def. #mcdonald 3-6, 6-4,7-5. #CO50 #ATP pic.twitter.com/uC8hH6EgZyCiti Open (@CitiOpen) July 31, 2018The error ignited the three-time grand slam champion, who pumped his fist and screamed after easily holding serve to set up a third-set decider.McDonald, coming off a round of 16 appearance at Wimbledon that put him in the top 100 for the first time in his career, blasted winners all night but was ultimately undone by a torrent of unforced errors in the third set, including a costly one when his racquet crossed the net on a volley.Despite the win, Murray looked far from his dominant self.He walked awkwardly around the court between points, especially in the lengthy third set when at one point he grabbed his hamstring and winced in pain.advertisementThe 31-year-old also tightened up at key moments in the match, needing seven match point opportunities before finally crossing the finish line.Next up for Murray is countryman Kyle Edmund, who he will face on Wednesday.Murray has a 2-1 lead in head-to-head matches against Edmund but the 23-year-old won in straight sets when the pair met in the second round of the Eastbourne International last month.Elsewhere American Tim Smyczek won his rain-interrupted match against Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 7-6(4) 6-2 and will next face Mischa Zverev, who defeated Smyczek in three sets at the Atlanta Open last week.Tunisian Malek Jaziri cruised to a 6-4 6-1 win over Russian Evgeny Donskoy while Romanian Marius Copil fired nine aces en route to a 7-6(9) 6-4 win over Mirza Basic.American Noah Rubin’s powerful serving overwhelmed Russian Mikhail Youzhny.Lukas Lacko held a 1-0 lead over American Denis Kudla before their match was called off due to rain while three-times grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka’s match against struggling American Donald Young was rescheduled.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more