Miami Open 2022: Andy Murray beats Federico Delbonis, sets up tie with Daniil Medvedev

The first set was a back-and-forth affair as both players gave their best but Murray used all of his skill and experience for the win.

Andy Murray during his match against Federico Delbonis. (Image: Twitter/Miami Open)

Great Britain’s tennis legend Andy Murray defeated Argentine player Federico Delbonis on Friday in the 2022 Miami Open. The scoreline at the end of the match was 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 in Murray’s favour. The first set was a back-and-forth affair as both players gave their best but veteran Murray ultimately used all of his skill and experience to churn out a positive result. He went on to win the second set with ease against a dejected Delbonis. Murray will face Daniil Medvedev in the round of 64.

“It was difficult for me, especially in the first set,” Murray said post-match. “It was a really tight first set, but I did well in the end.”

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“Both of us served very well in the first set,” Murray added. “I just managed to catch a really good return there at 5/4 in the tie-break, a really deep return and managed to get that point. He double faulted on the set point and that was the key to the match right there.”

The numbers of the tale

Murray scored nine aces in the match while Delbonis could only manage five. He also only committed only one double fault, four less than his opponent on the day. When it came to the win percentages on the serves, the former world number one was always ahead.

On the first serve, things were pretty tight as Murray recorded a win percentage of 88% and Delbonis managed to get 86%. However, the man from Glasgow absolutely dominated the second serve with a win percentage of 55%. Delbonis could only manage 35%. Murray also won nine service games, two more than the Argentine.

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On facing Medvedev

Murray will face top seed Medvedev in the round of 64 next. Being a former world no. 1 himself, the Scot admitted that it was going to be a ‘great test’. Medvedev is the reigning US Open champion and he also made it to the final of the 2022 Australian Open.

“Obviously a tough match,” Murray said. “He’s played extremely well on the hard courts the last few seasons. He deserves to be right up there at the top of the game. It’ll be a big challenge for me, it’ll be a great test. I’ve got a big training block after this tournament, and it’ll be a really good test for where my game’s at and things I need to work on as well against him. So I’m looking forward to that.”

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