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Murray opens Cincy tourney with straight-set win

Andy Murray opens pursuit of third Cincinnati title with straight-set win over Mikhail Youzhny

Murray opens Cincy tourney with straight-set win

MASON, Ohio (AP) -- Wimbledon champion Andy Murray opened pursuit of his third Western & Southern Open championship Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mikhail Youzhny.

The second-seeded Murray, who beat Novak Djokovic in the 2008 and 2011 finals and in the Wimbledon final in July, needed 1 hour and 9 minutes to improve to 4-0 in his career against the 25th-ranked Youzhny.

Murray, who is also the defending U.S. Open champion, was coming off a third-round loss last week in Montreal, his first action since becoming the first British male to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.

"He made more mistakes than I expected," Murray said. "I just want to play as many matches as I can. It's important to get a few matches in before New York. I didn't make too many errors and hit a high percentage of first serves."

His volleys were erratic, something he'll work on the rest of the week.

"I just missed a couple," he said. "Hopefully, I'll get that going as the week goes on."

Murray will face 36th-ranked Julien Benneteau in the third round. Eleventh-seeded German Tommy Haas also advanced, beating No. 46 Spaniard Marcel Granollers, 6-4, 6-1. He earned a matchup with fifth-seeded and five-time tournament-champion Roger Federer.

Belgian qualifier David Goffin, ranked 80th, also reached the third round with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (6) upset of 40th-ranked Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

In the women's draw, 11th-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur reached the third round with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over 26th-ranked American Jamie Hampton, while sixth-seeded Italian Sara Errani was challenged by 102nd-ranked Slovakia's Polona Hercog before prevailing, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. That set up a third-round matchup with 12th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci, who pulled out a 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over German qualifier Andrea Petkovic.


Updated : 2021-05-16 00:56 GMT+08:00