Tennis

Andy Murray wins first game since Wimbledon triumph

Murray defeated Granollers in straight sets  (©GettyImages)
Murray defeated Granollers in straight sets (©GettyImages).

Andy Murray marked his return to action with a straight sets victory over Marcel Granollers at the Rodgers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday. 

The Wimbledon champion was making his first appearance on the court since his historic victory over Novak Djokovic at SW19 in July. 

And despite some shaky moments, Murray overcame a tough test to defeat his Spanish opponent 6-4 7-6 (7-2) as he progressed to the third round of the ATP event in Canada. 

A confident start by the 26-year-old saw Murray race into a 4-1 lead with two breaks of serve, before unforced errors began to creep into his game as Granollers reduced the deficit to 5-4. 

The British No.1 managed to serve out the set, however, Granollers hit back in the second capitalising on some sluggish play from Murray to take a 4-1 lead. 

But the second seed showed his class to rally back, saving a set point before comfortably winning the tie-break with seven points in succession. 

Victory for Murray takes his current streak to 13 and sets up a third-round match with Latvian Ernests Gulbis. 

Two-time winner of the tournament was happy with the win but admitted to feeling nervous on his return to the court. 

"It was just good to get back on the court," said Murray speaking to Sky Sports after the match.

"The nerves were there today. I really like that, it shows that I'm ready to move forward and not focus too much on what happened a few weeks ago.

"I want to try and do well over here in the States and Canada and that's a good sign," he added. 

Murray was also in action in the doubles as he looks to sharpen up for the upcoming US Open, joining Colin Fleming as they defeated Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic in tricky three-set encounter. 

Elsewhere in the men's singles, Rafael Nadal cruised to victory against Canada's Jesse Levine in his first match since his shock defeat to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon. 

The Spaniard broke his opponent five times while dropping just two games in a 6-2 6-0 victory. 

Juan Martin Del Potro also made it through after a late finish in Montreal. His delayed match with Croatia's Ivan Dodig finished after midnight, with the Argentine coming back from 4-1 down in the third set to prevail 6-4 4-6 7-5.

There were also wins for Milos Roanic, Tomas Berdych and Jerzy Janowicz, along with a surprise victory for Alex Bogomolov Jr who overcame David Ferrer in straight sets.


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