MUR­RAY

World No 1 seals vic­tory eas­ily in first round of Madrid Open

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But Mur­ray even­tu­ally made his move and let out a cry of joy with a bril­liant cross-court halfvol­ley to break Copil’s re­sis­tance and take the first set 6-4.

One break in the sixth game was also enough for Mur­ray to take the sec­ond set as he eas­ily served out for the match.

Mur­ray’s con­queror in Barcelona last month and po­ten­tial quar­ter-fi­nal op­po­nent Do­minic Thiem eased past Amer­i­can Jared Don­ald­son 6-3, 6-4.

Ninth seed David Gof­fin be­came the first man into the third round with a rou­tine 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 win over Ger­many’s Flo­rian Mayer.

In the women’s Madrid Open, de­fend­ing cham­pion Si­mona Halep came from 5-2 down in the fi­nal set to beat Roberta Vinci 63, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) to reach the third round.

“I was close to los­ing the match, but I stayed strong, stayed fo­cused and I didn’t give up,” said Si­mona.

“That makes this match much big­ger for me. It means a lot.”

Si­mona very nearly be­came the lat­est seed to fall in a dec­i­mated bot­tom half of the draw af­ter early ex­its for Karolina Pliskova, Gar­bine Mugu­ruza and Jo­hanna Konta.

“I don’t know who lost and who is still in the tour­na­ment,” added Si­mona.

“I try to fo­cus on my­self a lot. As you saw to­day, I could have lost the match, so it doesn’t mat­ter who is win­ning, who is los­ing. Ev­ery match is tough.”

Si­mona next faces Aus­tralian 16th seed Sa­man­tha Sto­sur.

Only three of the top 10 seeds re­main as the woman Si­mona beat in last year’s fi­nal, Do­minika Cibulkova, was swept aside 6-2, 6-4 by 20-year-old French­woman Oceane Dodin. AFP

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Andy Mur­ray in ac­tion against Mar­ius Copil on Tues­day.

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