Andy Murray too strong for Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at Gijon Open

Andy Murray, who missed last week’s Astana Open through illness, returned to action with victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at the Gijon Open in Spain on Wednesday.

The Scot made a slow start against his Spanish opponent but found his form to record a 7-5 6-2 win.

Murray, who last played at the Laver Cup in London last month, dropped serve in the opening game and had to save break points in two of his next three service games to stay in touch.

He got his reward for that effort in the eighth game when he got back on serve and another break in the 12th game earned him the opening set.

Murray maintained his momentum by moving ahead early in the second against Davidovich Fokina, ranked 17 places above the former world number one at 31, and finished strongly to set up a second-round clash with either Pedro Cachin or Alexey Vatutin.

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