Andy Murray overcomes wobble to win at Miami Masters
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Andy Murray overcomes wobble to win at Miami Masters

Fola Akintomide

British number one Andy Murray thrashed America’s Donald Young 6-4 6-2 in their secnod-round match at the Miami Masters – but only after a mid-match wobble.

Murray raced into a 4-0 lead in the opening set, and looked likely to double-bagel his opponent. But a combination of Murray errors on serve and some grit from Young saw the tables turned, with the Scot allowing his opponent to break back and get into the set. Murray dug in to hold and close out the first set, then upped his game to claim the match in straight sets – with his first serve in particular improving in the second set, going from finding the box less than 50% to over 65%.

“It was extremely hard,” Murray explained afterwards. “It was ridiculously windy, the ball was swirling around all over the place and changing direction during your serve so that makes it tough on your ball toss.

“It was very tricky and I just tried to play how I normally do in the wind – to use some variety and make it tricky for him and it worked.” Murray is looking for his 10th Masters 1000 title and his third trophy in Miami, having won in 2009 and 2013. Key Biscayne is something of a ‘home court’ for Murray who practices at the venue during his off-season preparation in Miami. “I spend hours, hundreds and hundreds of hours practicing on that court.

Each week, when I am here, I would practice 14 hours at least on that court. Over the last seven, eight years, I have spent a lot of time on it,” he said. The third seed will face Santiago Giraldo in the next round, the Colombian 27th seed having beaten Robin Haase 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3.

Aside from Murray none of the other major contenders for the title ran into problems, with Tomas Berdych beating Chung Hyeon of South Korea 6-3 6-4. Spain’s Feliciano Lopez was the highest seed go out, losing to Austria’s Dominic Thiem 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3.

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