Montreal: Andy Murray completed a job left hanging from the night before because of rain, advancing to the third round of the ATP Montreal Masters Wednesday with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Tommy Robredo.
Andy Murray. Pic/AFP
The Scottish second seed and two-time winner ended the match, after nearly two hours, with a drop shot which bounced dangerously on the top of the net before falling onto Robredo's side of the court for the winner.
Murray set up a meeting with Gilles Muller -- whom he has defeated twice this season -- as he finished his second round contest with 24 winners and 30 unforced errors and breaking four times. The pair resumed play Wednesday after standing 4-4 in the opening set on Tuesday night.
"It was a very tough match, there were a lot of nerves near the end of the first set," said Murray. "I won two close games to take it. "Conditions today were a lot different, there was a lot of wind.
It was difficult to attack and play aggressively. I had to chase down a lot of balls and got lucky a few times as well." Rafael Nadal made an encouraging start to the summer hard-court campaign as the Spaniard recovered to defeat Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
The seventh seed had to wait for two hours before his match at the Uniprix stadium could begin, after a morning rain shower was followed by a towel-drying effort and repairs to bubbles on the rubberized surface.
But once down to business, Nadal made the most of his opening contest on the cement, winning the first set in a tiebreaker and sweeping the second to reach the third round and a date with Mikhail Youzhny, who beat French ninth seed Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-4. Nadal is playing Canada for the first time since winning his third title here in 2013. The world number nine improved to 40-12 on the season. "I go day by day.
Yesterday is a victory that I am happy with," said Nadal. "I'm satisfied with the way that I played. I'm practising well and practising more than ever now because I am healthy and because I feel that's what I need today. "I won in Hamburg a couple weeks ago, that was an important victory. Six consecutive wins hasn't happened for me very often during the season. That's a positive moment."
Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, winner at the weekend of the Washington title and now ranked fourth on the ATP, started 6-3, 6-3 over Spain's Pablo Andujar in 70 minutes, winning his 50th match at the Masters 1000 level. Nishikori made a successful comeback last week after a long-running thigh injury and said that his current fitness is good.
"I've been feeling pretty good. After winning the title, you have to feel good. My tennis is getting better," he said. "I didn't start quite well, but it was windy. We had a little wait, so it wasn't easy in the beginning. But after a couple of games I was playing well, concentrating well, too. "I'm very happy with my tennis today."