Murray Earns Biggest Win Of Comeback In Mallorca
It wasn't as routine as he'd like, but Andy Murray will take great satisfaction in his performance on Tuesday in Mallorca. The Scot defeated World No. 115 Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes to advance at the ATP Challenger Tour event.
After rain swept through the Spanish island earlier in the day, the start of the match was delayed by four hours. Play got underway under the lights of the Rafa Nadal Academy at 10pm local time.
Vintage Murray was on display throughout the encounter, as the former World No. 1 showed off his determined defense and attacked often on return. His trademark agility also drew applause from the Mallorca faithful. At 1-all in the second set, he tracked down a Gombos dropshot and spun a perfectly placed pass down the line.
"I think I did well, it was a tough match," said Murray. "He hits his shots very hard, so I had to do quite a lot of moving and defending. There are things I'd like to do better, but it was a good match. I don't play tomorrow, so that's nice to get a day to rest and recover. That's important at this stage of my comeback."
It was a big victory for Murray in his comeback from hip surgery, considering Gombos leads the Challenger circuit in match wins, boasting a 36-16 record. He also reached his first ATP Tour quarter-final last month at the Citi Open in Washington.
Murray, who converted five of seven break chances, earned back-to-back wins for the first time since he reached the quarter-finals at the ATP 250 in Shenzhen a year ago. On Monday, he kicked off his Mallorca campaign with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of French 17-year-old Imran Sibille, who was making his professional debut.
For the first time since 2005, Murray is competing on the ATP Challenger Tour. He arrives at the Rafa Nadal Open by Sotheby's in search of more match play and much-needed confidence in his return from surgery.
Murray spoke to the Rafa Nadal Academy on Sunday: