ATP Rogers Cup: Andy Murray beats Marcel Granollers in first match back after Wimbledon

Last Updated: 08/08/13 1:00pm

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Andy Murray: Took almost two hours to see off challenge of Marcel Granollers

Andy Murray: Took almost two hours to see off challenge of Marcel Granollers

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Returning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray began his Rogers Cup campaign with a 6-4 7-6 (7-2) win over Marcel Granollers in Montreal.

The second seed, who was playing for the first time since his historic triumph at the All England Club, came through a tough contest against his Spanish opponent in an hour and 50 minutes.

The two-time winner of the Masters 1000 event was far from his best and trailed for most of the second set, but still did enough to rack up a 13th consecutive win and set up a third-round clash with Ernests Gulbis.

"It was just good to get back on the court," Murray told Sky Sports after the match.

"The nerves were there today. I really like that, it shows that I'm ready to move forward and not focus too much on what happened a few weeks ago.

"I want to try and do well over here in the States and Canada and that's a good sign."

Lead

Murray showed no signs of rust as he recorded his first break of serve in the third game of the opening set before backing that up with a hold to love.

Another hard-earned break put him 4-1 up but Granollers cancelled that out by breaking Murray's serve after a string of untimely errors from the world No 2.

Murray still had the upper hand and held onto his lead, managing to close out the opening set with two relatively straightforward holds.

However, the Brit's hopes of a straight-sets win were dented early in the second as an error-strewn game handed the aggressive Granollers a break in the third game.

Murray's sluggish play continued throughout the set before he finally came alive in the ninth game, asserting himself from the baseline and saving a set point as he broke back just in time.

Granollers responded to take things into a tie-break but, after going 2-0 up, the Spaniard lost seven points in a row as Murray wrapped up the win.

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