Murray returns competitive to beat puncher Tiafoe

The Briton imposed his class to win 7-6 (6), 3-6 and 6-1. Auger-Aliassime overcame an adverse score at the start to win with authority. De Miñaur and Cilic, eliminated.


He had not played an official match since last November 20, when he beat the semi-unknown Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals at the Caja Mágica in Madrid. He was erased from the ATP Cup due to a pelvic injury and was unpublished in 2020. But as they say, who had retained, and Andy Murray returned at Western & Southern in Cincinnati, which this year is played in the famous bubble of New York, with a good victory against an uncomfortable rival like Frances Tiafoe. The Scotsman won 7-6 (6), 3-6 and 6-1 and could do so more easily having taken advantage of a break point he had in the fifth game of the second set.

Suffering expert, Murray did not break down after losing 3-6 after overcoming a limit situation in the first set, when he raised a set goal in the tiebreaker and previously a break point for the American. Historic of the 1,000 Masters (14 titles (two of them in Cincinnati) in seven different tournaments and 214 victories with this Saturday), Sir Andy was competitive to counter the momentum and the winning blows of his rival (36), who he also missed a lot (49 unforced errors), and hit four decisive direct aces to consolidate the two breaks he captured against an opponent who threw in the towel when he was 5-1 against. Murray, as talkative on the track as ever (now without an audience he is heard even more and he waved as if there were), he will see them in the second round with Alexander Zverev in a very demanding test.

Auger-Aliassime starts strong and falls De Miñaur

Felix Auger-Aliassime struck first in the return of the ATP circuit at the Masters 1,000 in Cincinnati. The Canadian won a gunboat duel against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili after reversing an initial 0-2 adversary, which weakened his rival's mental strength. Basilashvili entered a spiral of errors that accompanied him for much of the duel, while the Canadian showed a fantastic poise from the back of the court. He accompanied that facet with 6 aces and a meritorious 73% of points won with the first service to end the clash by 6-4 and 6-1.

For his part, the German Jan-Lennard Struff surprised with a resounding victory over the Australian Alex de Miñaur, who had shown a sensational physical state during the months of hiatus through videos on his social networks. But Struff dominated from start to finish with a solid game that gave him a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 win.

For the rest of the day, Benoit Paire gave the negative note by retiring in the second set against Borna Coric. The Frenchman, with physical discomfort, already fell by a painful 6-0 and 1-0. The American Opelka gave the local joy of the day by beating Norrie (6-3, 6-4) thanks to a whopping 17 direct aces. Veteran Kevin Anderson suffered to beat Kyle Edmund (7-6 (3), 4-6 and 6-3. And another experienced tennis player, Marin Cilic, went to the first change of the tournament when he lost by a double 6- 3 against Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

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