Murray sets up Medvedev clash at Miami Open after defeating Delbonis


ndy Murray set up a clash with recently fallen world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev as he rode through a tight first set to defeat Federico Delbonis 7-6, 6-1 at the Miami Open on the night.

The former world No. 1 struggled to gain the upper hand against his Argentinian opponent before completing a first set, devoid of any break of service, in a 7-4 tie-break.

That set loss seemed to create something of a capitulation from Delbonis, who was immediately broken and struggled with his serve for the rest of the match as Murray increased his aggression.

“It was tough for me, especially in the first set,” Murray said afterwards. “It was a very tight first set but I did well at the end.

“We both served very well in the first set. I just managed to grab a really good comeback at 5-4 in the tiebreak, a really deep comeback and managed to get that point. He double faulted on set point and that was the key to the game.

It was a first career win for Murray against Delbonis, who is also on target against Medvedev, with the Russian having won his only previous encounter in 2019.

“It’s obviously a tough game,” he said of the prospect of facing Medvedev, who is trying to reclaim the world No.1 spot he recently ceded to Novak Djokovic. “He has played extremely well on hard courts in recent years. He deserves to be up there at the top of the game.

“It will be a challenge for me, it will be a great test. I have a big training block after this tournament and it will be a really good test of where my game is and what things I need to work on against him as well. So I’m looking forward to that. »

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