Andy Murray has fought off Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the first round of Queens winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round of the tournament.
The British No. 1 will be happy to have beaten Mathieu and move one step closer to defending the Aegon Championships in what would be his fourth title.
The win will come as a relief to Murray, who has experienced a large amount of criticism following the announcement of his new coach.
The news that the current Wimbledon champion will be working with former world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo has been the talking point of discussion for a few days now.
However, Murray has stressed that they have only initially agreed to work together for the grass season. Although, if things were to be successful for them, it would be likely that their partnership would continue onto other court surfaces.
Ignoring the criticism, Murray was seen having his first session with his new coach yesterday ahead of his game and the two looked as though they were getting on like a house on fire.
The pair seemed to be going through some typical fitness exercise with one another before starting work on the court whilst spectators watched wondering whether they were looking at the start of a winning partnership.
Speaking to reporters after the match Murray said: “I served pretty well. It was a good start to the grass-court season. I have great memories here and always enjoy coming back.”
Murray didn’t seem fazed by the unlucky streak affecting British players after wildcard players Dan Evans and James Ward were both unable to reach the third round of the tournament.
All eyes were on Mauresmo as she took her place in Murray’s box ahead of his game, sitting with the rest of the Scots coaching team that included Dani Vallverdu who has proved pivotal in Murray’s career.
No doubt the two will be hoping that Murray can nab another title at Queens in a bid to prove all the critics wrong and show this was a bold but promising move by Murray.
However, the real test for the two of them will be at the Wimbledon Championships where Murray will attempt to defend his title for the first year. This will be a tricky task with the ‘Big Four’ all in with a chance of stealing the title from the Brit, a challenge new coach Mauresmo better be prepared for.
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