Murray wins Montreal opener
Originally published on: 08/08/13 00:00
The world No.2 extended his winning streak to 13 matches as he claimed a 6-4 7-6(2) victory over Spain’s Marcel Granollers at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
It was a far from polished performance from Murray, who dropped serve twice and broke his opponent late in the second set to force a tiebreak.
Murray, who will meet Ernests Gulbis in the third round, said he was relieved to keep his streak alive.
"I was pretty nervous beforehand," he admitted. "That was a good sign. I'm pretty ready to move forward and not think too much about Wimbledon and concentrate on the US Open.
"I think if I'd lost today, it just breaks the momentum a little bit. The more matches I can get in the next few weeks, the better. No matter how much you practise, it's still different when you go out there."
Also playing in his first match since Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to action with a 6-2 6-0 victory over home favourite Jesse Levine.
Six weeks on from his shock first-round defeat to Steve Darcis, Nadal silenced any concern over his fitness with a resounding victory in 72 minutes.
“The knee is not bothering me too much,” he said. “The last couple of days I was able to practise with no limitations. That is the most important thing."