Murray ekes out win in Washington — ATP roundup

Andy Murray is playing his first hard-court tournament since Indian Wells last year

Andy Murray is playing his first hard-court tournament since Indian Wells last year

Sir Andy Murray toiled at the Citi Open before eventually beating Mackenzie McDonald 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and 37 minutes. "It's a great win for me". "I was 12. He was 22".

Murray told reporters at the tournament: "I don't think it's reasonable and I'm disappointed in that. But this is on hardcourt". Australia's Nick Kyrgios hits a shot during his third round match against Japan's Kei Nishikori.

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 United States qualifier Donald Young in a later match.

Edmund said: "I gave my best of what I had on the day today".

The 23-year-old McDonald, a Californian who won NCAA singles and doubles titles at UCLA, made it to the fourth round at the All England Club this month, the first time he had made it that far at a major tournament.

"I feel better than I did during the grasscourt season, which is positive", said Murray, who played three matches in late June but withdrew from Wimbledon as it came too early in his recovery process. I was able to be more aggressive.

"Regardless of the result, we wanted to at least be dictating more points, trying to use my forehand, be close to the baseline", he said.

"I was less nervous. I thought I did that well".

In other action, another local player, Denis Kudla of Arlington, Virginia, eliminated No. 12 seed Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 6-2, 6-3; No. 14 Jeremy Chardy was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Marius Copil; No. 9 Denis Shapovalov defeated Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; and No. 10 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Jared Donaldson 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Third-ranked Stephens lost to 91st-rated Andrea Petkovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. The loss at the time was especially demoralizing after he had won his first match of the year, over Stan Wawrinka, a former No. 3 and also three-time slam champ.

"Hopefully some things will connect in the next few weeks coming into the US Open", Stephens said. 5 Garbine Muguruza at Doha in 2016. And the confidence boost from the important success should see him through the match against Marius Copil on Thursday. There were times where I had no answers.

"It's disappointing. But at this stage I can't risk aggravating the injury".

"I hadn't played in darkness or under the lights in a really long time and I felt my rhythm was off", Murray said.

After five years together on the ATP Tour, this will be their first meeting on court. Paire lost to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 on Tuesday.

Level at 4-4 in the tie-break, Murray went on to take the final three points. He smashed his racket on the ground four times and kicked it in frustration. "Not many families can say they have two players playing at this level". After a less-than peak effort on the final point of the match, he congratulated Baghdatis then walked off to a chorus of boos, blowing the crowd kisses as he departed.

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