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Murray and Norrie clear first hurdles in San Diego

With Asia still out of bounds because of the covid pandemic, San Diego was brought onto the ATP tennis calendar as a 250 event for the first time to ease the situation and provide a warm-up tournament for next week’s Indian Wells.

I´ve had opportunities in those matches against the top players I´ve played. I think I can beat them. I just need to start converting some of my opportunities against them and I get an opportunity on Thursday to do that against Ruud Andy Murray

In view of its position its not surprising to find a strong field has been assembled including six players inside the top 20 including Andrey Rublev, the top seed from Russia, the world No.10 Casper Ruud of Norway, Canadians’ Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, and last week’s Metz champion from Poland, Hubert Hurkacz.

Andy Murray, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans, seeded 8, are the three Britons who will provide challenges form these shores with Murray and Norrie featuring in Tuesday’s schedule.

The former world number one and three-time grand slam champion, Murray, currently ranked 109, was drawn to play Japan’s Kei Nishikori in what was an ironic twist of fate as both are still very much on the comeback trail following lengthy injury periods and both were playing thanks to wildcards.

That meeting never happened as Nishikori pulled out with a back injury allowing an American Denis Kudla, ranked 94, to appear on a ‘Lucky Loser’ ticket only to be removed by the Briton after 70-minutes 6-3 6-2, who fired down 9 aces while never facing a break point.

It was an excellent follow up to last week’s run in Metz where the 34-year-old Scot made the last eight only to lose out in straight sets to the top seed and eventual champion, Hurkacz. And fate has again served him up another big challenge as he next faces the second favourite, Ruud, for a place in quarter-finals in what will be his first meeting with the fast rising Norwegian star who last week helped Team Europe to their fourth Laver Cup victory.

“It’s been better,” Murray said. “The US Open was sort of the start of where I played a bit better and I just need to start beating some higher-ranked players.”

He added: “I´ve had opportunities in those matches against the top players I´ve played. I think I can beat them. I just need to start converting some of my opportunities against them and I get an opportunity on Thursday to do that against Ruud.”

Cameron Norrie later joined him in the second round after dispatching Germany’s Dominik Kopepfer 6-2 7-5 while Dan Evans is scheduled to play Soonwoo Kwon of Korea, who picked up his first ATP title last weekend in Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.

Also earning first-round victories were America’s Sebastian Korda who defeated compatriot Tommy Paul 6-3 5-7 6-1, Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego, the 9th seed who beat Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-4, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov who squeezed past Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 6-3 1-6 7-5 and South Africa’s Lloyd Harris who eventually ousted American qualifier Christopher Eubanks 3-6 6-1 6-4.

The Sixth-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina cruised past Italian qualifier Federico Gaio 6-2 6-3 in the last match of the night.



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