By Niall Clarke
- Andy Murray defeats Tommy Robredo 6-4, 7-5 in the Canadian masters
- The Scot will face Gilles Muller in the third round.
Montreal Canada- Andy Murray needed two sets in as many days to defeat Tommy Robredo in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
The British number one made lighter work of the Spaniard this time around as he was able to come through a rain delayed match in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. Their previous two meetings were gruelling encounters in the Shenzhen and Valencia finals at the back end of last season.
Keen to avoid another lengthy match, Murray got his nose in front early. The Scot broke on the fourth attempt to take a 3-1 lead which was soon extended by a quick hold. Ever the fighter, Robredo managed to break back to level the score before rain forced the players off court at 4-4.
When play resumed the following day, Murray came out of the blocks quicker of the two. The world number three held serve and then broke at 5-4 to take the first set.
Robredo had to scathe off a break point early in the second, but it was not long until he found himself with the lead in the set. The Spaniard broke to take a 3-2 lead and put Murray under a bit of pressure.
The Brit however has been in this situation countless of times before and as we have seen many times previously, he fought back to level the score at 4-4. Murray would hold serve twice to put the Spaniard under scoreboard pressure. It would eventually toll at 6-5 as Robredo would fail to serve to stay in the match, Murray taking the first match point.
It was far less dramatic than the previous two meetings, but again Robredo provided a tough test for the British number one. That was Murray’s sixth straight win over the 33 year old and his dominance in this rivalry continues.
Next up is Gilles Muller who needed three sets to upset Gael Monfils earlier in the day. The Luxembourgian came through 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4) in just under two hours. Muller was an opponent for Murray during his successful Queens club run in June.
Andy will face a familiar sight but an unfamiliar foe in the doubles when he plays Brother Jamie on Thursday. This will be the first time the Murray brothers have faced each other at tour level, something Andy described as ‘awkward’ when speaking to sky sports post match.
You can follow both of Andy’s matches tomorrow via the Britwatch Live Scores