Andy Murray wins on clay for first time in five years with straight-sets victory over Dominic Thiem at Madrid Open | Tennis News


Andy Murray, playing as a wild card, beats Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4, his first win on clay since a quarter-final triumph over Kei Nishikori at the French Open in 2017; British number one Cameron Norrie also through to the second round in Madrid with a 7-5 7-5 win over Soonwoo Kwon

Last Updated: 02/05/22 10:29pm

Andy Murray beat Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 in his match on clay for two years, earning a first win on the surface since 2017

Andy Murray beat Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 in his match on clay for two years, earning a first win on the surface since 2017

Andy Murray secured a straight-sets win over Dominic Thiem in the first round of the men’s tournament at the Madrid Open – his 6-3 6-4 triumph his first on clay for five years.

Playing as a wild card after changing his mind on participating in the clay-court season, the former world number one broke Thiem once in each set and made only 13 unforced errors in the match.

“All matches right now are important for me,” Murray said after the win. “Playing matches on the clay, you need a little bit more patience on the court, you need to think a little bit more than on the other surfaces.

“It’s been really positive for me.”

Murray’s last win on clay came in the quarter-finals of the French Open in 2017 when defeating Kei Nishikori. He suffered a hip injury in his semi-final defeat to Stan Wawrinka – the start of a long-running issue that nearly ended his career in 2018.

After the match Murray had words of encouragement for Thiem, who was playing in only his fourth match of 2022 as he makes his own comeback from a wrist injury that prevented the 2020 US Open winner from defending his crown last year.

Dominic Thiem was playing in only his fourth match of 2022 as he makes a comeback from a wrist injury that has sidelined him for eight months

Dominic Thiem was playing in only his fourth match of 2022 as he makes a comeback from a wrist injury that has sidelined him for eight months

The Austrian, who spent eight months on the sidelines and is still winless this year, was far from his best, making 33 unforced errors in the contest, the majority coming from his forehand.

“I hope you feel better soon,” Murray told Thiem at the net. “I’m glad to see you back. Keep going, it takes a lot of time but you’ll be fine.”

Murray will face world number 14 Denis Shapovalov in the second round after the Canadian beat Frenchman Ugo Humbert 7-6 (7-1) 6-3.

Norrie beats Kwon to reach second round

Joining Murray in the second round in Madrid is British number one Cameron Norrie after he overcame Soonwoo Kwon 7-5 7-5 earlier on Monday.

British number one Cameron Norrie is through to the second round of the Madrid Open after a 7-5 7-5 victory over Soonwoo Kwon

British number one Cameron Norrie is through to the second round of the Madrid Open after a 7-5 7-5 victory over Soonwoo Kwon

The world number 11 held his nerve at key moments to edge out his South Korean opponent in one hour and 49 minutes and now faces big-serving American John Isner in the next round.

Norrie, beaten by Australia’s Alex De Minaur in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open, quickly fell 3-0 down in the first set against Kwon after losing his opening service game.

The Brit then fought back from 4-1 down, breaking Kwon in the seventh game before levelling at 4-4 and saving two more break points on his serve to make it 5-5. He seized control in the next game by breaking Kwon to love and served out to take the first set in just under an hour.

Kwon, the world number 73, refused to roll over in the second set. Both players swapped breaks of serve from 3-3 and then after Norrie had broken Kwon for a fourth time in the match to edge 6-5 ahead, he made no mistake on his own serve, sealing a hard-fought victory on his third match point.

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