Mackenzie McDonald makes rare blunder against Andy Murray at Citi Open

ATP Washington- MAIN DRAW Alexander Zverev and Andy Murray to play

Skipping Wimbledon in order to give himself more time to be match ready for best of 5 sets might pay off handsomely. You just think 'what if I can't come back, what if this is the end?'

"I started off the match serving very poorly", he said.

"It's not where I want to be ranking wise but the good thing is that when you are right up at the top of the game, it's not easy just to move up one spot", Murray said.

"I was struggling on my serve".

The tournament will be Murray's third since hip surgery in January and mark his return to the hard courts for the first time since March 2017 at Indian Wells.

The match began after 10 p.m. Monday because of a rain delay and ended at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.

McDonald was once again playing at a strong level in the second set, but from 4-3 in the set, where the finishing line was drawing closer, McDonald's coolness and calmness under pressure completely left him and that was the moment where Murray started to find a way back into the match as he sensed a first real vulnerability in the level of his opponent. If I stay fit and healthy, I'll play more against the best players and that will improve my fitness.




He will now face Kyle Edmund - the man who has succeeded him as Great Britain's number one and beat Murray in Eastbourne last month.

Wawrinka, the world number 198 coming back from a left knee injury that kept him out almost eight of the past 11 months, was set to face USA qualifier Donald Young in a later match.

But Murray immediately broke back - in a game that included a controversial call when McDonald's racket was adjudged to have crossed the plane of the net with the score 30-30 - before serving out to reach the second round.

Both held serve until the ninth game, when McDonald sent a forehand wide to hand Murray the break and a 5-4 lead.

Murray, 31, converted his seventh match point after more than two-and-a-half hours on court against the American.

United States wild card Noah Rubin beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4 to reach a second-round match against USA second seed John Isner.

Tunisia's Malek Jaziri booked a second-round match against third-ranked defending champion Alexander Zverev of Germany by defeating Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 6-1.

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