Madrid Open: Murray and Thiem through to next round
Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem progressed to the Madrid Open third round on Tuesday (May 9) after comfortable wins over unseeded opposition.
Murray beat 26-year-old Romanian Marius Copil 6-4 6-3, congratulating his opponent for moving into the top 100 in the world rankings for the first time in his career on Monday (May 8).
Austrian Thiem, 23, beat 20-year old American Jared Donaldson 6-3 6-4.
Murray has struggled for form and fitness since soaring to the top of the world rankings at the end of last year.
However, the Scot had far too much guile for the big-serving world number 104 as he didn’t face a single break point in sealing victory in just under 90 minutes on court.
“I still think there’s a ways to go. I don’t think I’m playing perfectly just now,” said Murray.
“I had no break points against me. That was something that obviously I’d struggled with, especially the last couple of tournaments.
“It’s a good sign for me that my serve is getting better. Hopefully that continues that way.
“When I serve well, the rest of my game tends to follow. It’s an important part of the game for me.”
Murray will face either Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert or Croatia’s Borna Coric in the last 16 on Thursday.