Andy Murray rallies from a set down to beat Pablo Andujar for first victory in Mexico
Last Updated: 26/02/14 8:55am
Andy Murray: Rallied back from a set down to move into the second round of the Acapulco Open
Andy Murray was forced to battle back from a set down to beat Pablo Andujar for his first victory on Mexico soil in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.
Murray, playing for the first time ever in Latin America, lost his first three service games and fell into a 5-0 hole as Andujar, who held Rafael Nadal to match points in Rio de Janeiro a week ago, made another fine start.
He then broke Murray again at the start of the second, only for the Wimbledon champion to rattle off six straight games to set up a 3-6 6-1 6-2 victory.
The Scot will now face Joao Sousa in the second round after the Portuguese saw off Adrian Mannarino 1-6 6-2 6-2.
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"I had a difficult start, it was 10 minutes in the match and I was down 5-0, but I started to play more aggressively to get the win and hopefully I can have a good week here", Murray said. "The first set was extremely challenging, he was dictating the points, but later on he was getting tired and put the pressure on him".
"I played Joao once in Australia, he was new on the tour then and he has improved. He's playing good tennis, he's good on clay and on hard courts", added Murray. "He plays similar to Pablo, hopefully I can play aggressively from the start."
Top seed David Ferrer, who won three straight titles in Acapulco from 2010 to 2012 when the tournament was played on clay, adjusted well to the new hard court as he eased past Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-2 6-3.
He will now play Feliciano Lopez following his 6-4 6-2 victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin, while fifth seed Kevin Anderson progressed courtesy of a 6-2 7-6 win over French qualifier Stephane Robert.
"I'm not thinking about the final, I'm only in the second round", Ferrer said. "Now I'm only thinking about playing my best tennis against Feliciano Lopez, he's a good player I need to give my best to beat him".
In the women's draw, top seeds Dominika Cibulkova, Eugenie Bouchard and Kaia Kanepi advanced, but there was an early exit for number five Yvonne Meusburger.
Number one Cibulkova saw off Urszula Radwanska 6-3 6-4 while the second-seeded Bouchard was a 6-2 6-2 winner over Shahar Peer.
Third seed Kanepi had a little more work to do in a 6-1 3-6 6-2 win over Jana Cepelova, but Meusburger's tournament came to a premature end as qualifier Sharon Fichman enjoyed a straight-sets win, 6-1 6-3.
Eighth seed Shuai Zhang beat hard-hitting American qualifier Madison Keys 4-6 6-1 6-4.