Murray beats Bublik to set up ‘big test’ against Auger-Aliassime
Andy Murray reached the second round of the Rotterdam Open after a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik.
Murray was playing his first match since his second-round loss at the Australian Open and faced an opponent who won his first ATP Tour title last week by beating world number three Alexander Zverev in the South Open final. of France.
Both players fended off break chances in the opening set before Bublik broke through to lead 6-5, prompting Murray to throw away his racket in frustration.
However, he immediately equalized and won the first set after a tie-break.
Murray’s break of serve in game seven of the second set put him on track to serve for the match and he duly did it to love and will face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the next round.
“I’m looking forward to that one,” Murray told Amazon Prime after the game. “He started the year very well, one of the best young players at the moment.
“I’ll have to be on my game if I want to beat him, but it’s a great test for me and we’ll see what happens there.
“There were tough moments in the first set for both of us. I just managed to get away with it in the end – got some good returns on big second serves in the end and did a good job.
“It’s not easy to play against someone like that – he does huge serves, lots of drop shots and sometimes he looks disinterested but he always tries. You have to stay focused and I did that well .
Fellow Brit Cameron Norrie also qualified after beating Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (5).