Murray reaches second round in Dubai
Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:07
The third seed, playing his first match since the Australian Open final, beat the Russian qualifier, ranked a lowly 90th in the world, 6-2 6-3 in one hour 41 minutes.
The British number one took almost a month off following his exertions in Melbourne, where he lost to Roger Federer in the showpiece, opting not to defend his title in Rotterdam – which cost him his world number three ranking – and then pulling out of the event in Marseille, much to the displeasure of the tournament organisers.
And, while not at his best, Murray, who has reached the quarter-finals on both his previous appearances in Dubai, was rarely tested on his return to the court.
Murray fired down 13 aces, but only managed 52% of first serves in – 60% in the first and just 45% in the second.
Murray broke to go 2-0 up after a mammoth second game, eventually closing out the game at the ninth time of asking, and from there never looked in serious trouble.
Kunitsyn got on the board to make it 3-1 but Murray broke again at 5-2, bringing up set point with a booming forehand before his opponent went long, to take the opening set.
The Scot dropped his serve in the first game of the second, handing it to Kunitsyn with a double fault. Murray broke straight back, though, and again to go 4-2 in front.
And the Scot saved a break point courtesy of an un-returned first serve before closing out the second set 6-3.
In the second round Murray will face either Andreas Seppi or Janko Tipsarevic, who play on Tuesday.