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Andy Murray cruised into the second round of the ATP Hall of Fame Open

Andy Murray of Great Britain advanced effortlessly into the second round of the ATP Hall of Fame Open on Tuesday by cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Sam Querrey of the United States.

The Scotsman, who is 35 years old and from Scotland, won the final 10 games in windy circumstances. He took advantage of all six of his break-point opportunities to progress in only 54 minutes against the 281st-ranked player, Querrey.

According to Murray, the circumstances for playing tennis were “very horrible,” meaning that it was impossible to play well because of the wind.

I’m sorry to say that maybe watching the tennis wasn’t all that enjoyable, but please understand that given the circumstances, we are doing the very best that we can.

Sixth in the order Max Purcell, an unseeded player from Australia with a ranking of 202, defeated Adrian Mannarino of France in three sets (6-3, 1-6, 7-5). Murray will face Purcell for a spot in the quarterfinals of the grass-court competition.

Position 52 in the world Querrey had won their most recent previous encounter, which took place in a five-set quarterfinal match at Wimbledon in 2017, but Murray was able to extend his record against Querrey to 8-2 overall.

In their debut match, which took place in the second round of the 2006 tournament in Newport, Murray, then 19 years old, emerged victorious.

After 16 years, Murray said that it was “wonderful” to be back in this location and to be able to play on this court once again.

This “stuff” includes victories such as the 2012 US Open, the Wimbledon crowns in 2013 and 2016, and the Olympic gold medals in both 2012 and 2016.

Murray said that “you never know how close you are to the end,” but he is aware that he is getting closer and closer to the conclusion of his career.

Therefore, I want to maximise the potential of each and every match in each and every event that I have the opportunity to compete in.

First, Murray broke Querrey for a 4-2 lead, then held and broke again when Querrey sent a backhand wide to win the first set after 31 minutes of play before dominating the second. This came after an early exchange of breaks, in which both players took a break.

Murray is planning to compete in a number of forthcoming tournaments with the hopes of improving his game to the point where he will be seeded at the US Open.

“Over the last several months, I’ve been working to improve my game. However, it is helpful to have a seeding in the largest tournaments if you want to make deep runs in them, therefore I will do all in my power to achieve that.

“We’re one step closer to winning today. I’m crossing my fingers for a successful run here.

Dan O'Brien
I am a journalist for The National Era with an emphasis in sports.
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