ANDY MURRAY will not hand over.
Along with his steel hip and advancing years, the three-time Grand Slam champion might by no means return to the fantastic highs of profitable Wimbledon and the US Open.
However the best way he snarled, fist pumped and pushed himself to the max in what was in the end a routine first spherical Miami Open win over Argentina’s Federico Delbonis confirmed the tremendous Scot continues to be bang up for the combat.
His 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 triumph right here at Laborious Rock Stadium has arrange an intriguing conflict with world quantity two Daniil Medvedev who will as soon as once more take a look at the Brit’s capability to string wins collectively since making a return to the tour after a second hip operation.
He has did not again up first spherical wins in his final 5 tournaments and his match with Medvedev would be the first time in 5 years he has come up towards a high two participant.
It’s a tall order towards the lanky Russian however Murray believes.
In fact he does.
The Scot mentioned:”I’m wanting ahead to taking him on. He’s a wise, clever participant however let’s see how I get on. He’s a wise dude.
“He deserves to be on the high of the sport and I’ve an extended coaching block arising so this will probably be an amazing take a look at for me to see the place my recreation is at.”
An excellent forehand winner sealed the match in simply over one and a half hours at Laborious Rock Stadium with Murray, a two-time Miami Open champion, shifting properly whereas unleashing his traditional array of attacking photographs.
He added:”I’m actually pleased to get by. The primary set was very tight however I did properly in the long run.
“That is my first time taking part in right here on this stadium. I used to have a spot in Miami however perhaps I should purchase one other one.”
Murray hopes to have former coach Ivan Lendl in his nook this weekend after the pair skilled collectively this week in close by Boca Raton.
Heather Watson additionally impressed with a wonderful win over fifteenth seed Elina Svitolina – it is the primary time the 29 year-old has overwhelmed a high 20 participant since January 2020 – nevertheless it wasn’t a superb day for Emma Raducanu, nevertheless, who had a face like thunder after slumping to yet one more put up US Open defeat.
The US Open champ, 19, has gained simply 4 matches from 12 since memorably scooping her first slam final September and the best way she ran out of gasoline towards Czech battler Katerina Siniakova was disappointing.
She groaned:”I believed she performed very well nevertheless it sucks to lose that one. It is a problem for certain and it takes rather a lot out of you to maintain bouncing again from it however what can I do about it now?”