Effervescent Andy Murray out of the blocks in China, seeks first title in Asia since 2016
Former world number one Andy Murray defeated wildcard Ye Cong Mo in straight sets in the opening round of the Zhuhai Championships on Thursday.
Murray’s last outing came at the Davis Cup in Manchester last week and he got off to a strong start in China, winning 7-5 6-3 in the round of 32 contest against the world number 668.
The opening set saw a closely-fought encounter with Mo bouncing back to draw level throughout, but Murray broke serve in the final game to edge the set 7-5.
A tough first game of the second set saw Murray fight back to win the advantage. Mo then levelled, only for Murray to pull away and serve up his 10th ace of the match to win 6-3.
Victory means the Scot will now face Aslan Karatsev in the last 16 after the world number 63 beat Matteo Arnaldi in their round of 32 meeting.