Murray pain free and ready to rumble

Wed Aug 6, 2014 1:51pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Andy Murray got his North American hard court season off to a solid start with 6-2 6-2 second-round win over Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday as the Briton targeted his first final in more than a year.

In his first action since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon, Murray looked confident and sharp, disposing of his 19-year-old opponent in 54 minutes on a sunny center court under the watchful eye of new coach Amelie Mauresmo.

Looking for a Canadian hat-trick after lifting the title in 2009 and 2010, Murray had to be wary of Kyrgios, who caught the world's attention last month when he knocked out world number one Rafa Nadal and number 14 Richard Gasquet on an unlikely march into the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

The young Australian, however, never threatened Murray and the eighth-seeded Briton was in control from the start, serving up seven aces, committing just 11 unforced errors and never facing a break point.

"I thought I did most things like pretty solid," Murray told reporters. "I didn't make too many errors. I moved well. High first-serve percentage.

"It was a solid match for a first match back after sort of four and a half, five weeks."

After a difficult 12 months during which he underwent back surgery and a coaching change, Murray's performance provided a small boost heading toward the U.S. Open and the year's final grand slam which begins on Aug. 25 at Flushing Meadows.

Murray declared himself pain free but the battle now is to get back to full match fitness if he is to challenge for a third grand slam title.   Continued...

 
Andy Murray plays a backhand against Nick Kyrgios (not pictured) on day three of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Rexall Centre on August 6, 2014.  USA TODAY Sports/Peter Llewellyn