Murray Thumps Kyrgios at Rogers Cup in Toronto

by John on August 6, 2014

Andy Murray

Andy Murray dispatched Nick Kyrgios in short order earlier this afternoon, routing the rising Australian star 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The eighth-seeded Murray, who received a first-round bye, was playing his first match since losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Despite the layoff, the 27-year-old Scotsman was in exquisite form, winning 96 percent of his first service points, never facing a break point and breaking his opponent four times. The big-hitting Kyrgios, who won his opening round match against Santiago Giraldo yesterday, had no answer for the imposing offense and impenetrable defense Murray threw at him. Murray got everything back, frustrating Kyrgios, who was playing in his first Masters Series event, more and more as the match progressed. The young Australian finally blew a gasket, smashing his racket on the changeover after dropping serve to fall behind 2-5 in the first set. Murray underwent back surgery in September and was on the shelf until the start of the year. He’s had mixed results in 2014 and hasn’t won a tournament since Wimbledon last year, as his ranking has dropped to No. 9 in the world. Today, though, he played like the Murray of old, wrapping up the 54-minute victory with an ace on match point. “I thought I did most things like pretty solid,” Murray said. “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. I was happy. After Wimbledon, I went over to Miami and I really trained like I used to for the first time since the surgery and I felt much better.” Kyrgios burst on the scene with his flashy power game this spring, winning three Challenger tournaments, and then knocking off Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last month. This afternoon was a different story for the No. 70-ranked Kyrgios. “He out-classed me, he did everything better than me,” Kyrgios said. “He played too good for me today.” Murray hit seven aces to just one for Kyrgios, and committed 11 unforced errors compared to 27 for his opponent.

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