ROGERS CUP 2014
Murray Makes Winning Return; Dimitrov Overcomes Young
by ATP Staff|
The Scot, playing his first match since a Wimbledon quarter-final exit (l. to Dimitrov), lost just six service points and converted four of his five break point chances, advancing in 54 minutes.
"I thought I did most things like pretty solid," said Murray. "I didn't make too many errors. I moved well. High first serve percentage. It was a solid match for a first match back after sort of four and a half, five weeks. I was happy.
"After Wimbledon, I went over to Miami and I really trained like I used to for the first time since the surgery and I felt much better."
The 27-year-old Murray is a two-time former champion at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, lifting the trophy in Montreal in 2009 (d. del Potro) and in Toronto in 2010 (d. Federer). The right-hander is looking to win his first title since triumphing at Wimbledon 13 months ago (d. Djokovic).
The eighth-seeded Murray goes on to face Richard Gasquet for the ninth time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. The Frenchman escaped a barrage of 27 aces from Ivo Karlovic, rallying for a 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3 win in just under two hours.
A two-time Rogers Cup finalist (2006, '12), Gasquet won his 95th match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level and will look to overturn 3-5 mark against Murray. He owns a 2-1 edge on hard courts, having first triumphed in the Toronto semi-finals in 2006.
World No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov overcame American Donald Young, closing out a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over last week’s Washington semi-finalist. Dimitrov, playing his first match since the Wimbledon semi-finals (l. to Djokovic) and his first with a Top 10 Emirates ATP Ranking, capitalised on all four of his break point chances.
"I was 4-1 up in the first set when I just disengaged a little bit and just changed my momentum, which cost me the set obviously," said Dimitrov. "A dip like that shouldn't be allowed, especially at the level that I want to be in, the level I want to compete. But after that, I felt like second and third set I really took command on the court, played a few good games and just grabbed it."