MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2013
Murray Notches 400th Win
by ATP Staff|
World No. 3 Andy Murray joined the 400 wins club on Tuesday as he opened his Mutua Madrid Open campaign with a hard-fought 7-6(11), 7-6(3) victory over Florian Mayer. The Scot is this week looking to reach another milestone by winning his first ATP World Tour clay-court title.
Murray saved five set points before clinching the first set and rallied from a break down in the second set, ultimately prevailing in just over two hours against the gritty Mayer. The 25-year-old Dunblane native is bidding to find his form on the clay after a harsh third-round exit at the hands of Stanislas Wawrinka three weeks ago at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
"It's always difficult playing your first match at altitude," said Murray. "I felt like I hit the ball very well today, very few miss-hits. I just didn't return so well. That was the only thing I would have liked to have done better. I moved very well, which I didn't do in Monte Carlo, so that's a big improvement.
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"On the clay, there is a lot of very tough opponents," continued the Scot. "It's a surface that I didn't grow up on, so I don't feel as comfortable on it. But it's not to say that without the right attitude and work ethic and the right mindset going into these events that I can't play well at them. I think my game should suit clay well. I just need to play a lot on it."
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Next up for Murray is No. 16 seed Gilles Simon, who won an all-French contest with Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 7-6(5) in one hour and 37 minutes. Murray takes a commanding 10-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage into the pair’s 12th meeting.
Fernando Verdasco is one win away from his first quarter-final of the season after edging Milos Raonic 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(7) in two hours and 35 minutes. The Madrid native clinched victory on his third match point, having withstood 12 aces and been denied on six of his seven break point chances.