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Murray digs deep to see off Granollers

ESPN staff
August 7, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Andy Murray had to battle hard to beat Spain's Marcel Granollers in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, coming from 1-4 down in the second set to win 6-4 7-6 (7-2).

Murray, in his first match since winning Wimbledon, started well, breaking Granollers twice to lead 4-1. But gusty conditions increasingly appeared to bother him and Granollers forced his way back to 5-4 before Murray served out the set.

"It was tricky," Murray told Sky Sports. "It's extremely windy here and the balls here are quick so it felt like it was flying around."

His indifferent play continued into the second set and he went 1-4 down before he broke back twice, the second time with Granollers serving for the set at 5-3. In the tie-break Murray reeled off seven points after going 0-2 behind.

"I didn't feel that I had my timing and got pushed behind the baseline," Murray said. "He had a very good win over Dimitrov yesterday, won last week and is one of the best doubles players in the world, so he is tough."

Rafael Nadal also opened with a victory, routing Canada's Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-0. Also a two-time Rogers Cup winner, the fourth-seeded Spanish star was playing for the first time since a first-round loss at Wimbledon.

"Pleased about the victory, first thing," Nadal said. "After seven weeks without playing a match, starting in a very tough tournament on a fast court, to be through to the third round is good."

In the biggest upset of the day, Russia's Alex Bogomolov Jr. knocked off third-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-2, 6-4.

Sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, coming off a tournament victory Sunday in Washington, rallied to beat Croatia's Ivan Dodig 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the late match.

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