Murray beats Johnson in China
Britain’s Andy Murray had a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 victory over Steve Johnson in his opening Shanghai Masters match. The world number two dropped serve in the first game of the match but was rarely troubled by the American in his first outing since GB’s Davis Cup semi-final victory over Australia on 20 September.
Murray, 28, said: “I played well, moved well and it was a good start for me.”
He will face another American, John Isner, in the third round.
Isner’s 6-3 7-6 (7-5) victory over Belgian David Goffin prevented a dress-rehearsal meeting between the world number 16 and Murray before next month’s Davis Cup final.
World number one Novak Djokovic also reached round three, beating Slovakia’s Martin Klizan 6-2, 6-1.
Looking ahead to facing Isner, Murray told Sky Sports: “I think he quite likes the conditions here because it’s quick and he’s a tough guy to play against.”
After starting slowly against Johnson, Murray broke the American’s serve three times to claim the first set.
The Scot encountered greater resistance in the second set and two double faults in a row helped gift Johnson two break points at 3-3. But a precise drop volley allowed Murray to see off the danger.
With Johnson serving at 4-5, a lob set up three match points and Murray clinched it at the second opportunity when the American sent a forehand long after one hour and 16 minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid duels for the ball with Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 10, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.