Miami Masters: Andy Murray wins his first match without coach Ivan Lendl
Andy Murray overcame a slow start to beat Matthew Ebden in his first match since splitting from coach Ivan Lendl.
Last Updated: 22/03/14 12:54pm
The British No 1, seeded sixth at the Sony Open in Miami, looked in danger after losing the opening set but turned the game around decisively, winning 12 out of 13 games to kick-start his title defence with a 3-6 6-0 6-1 win.
Murray forced two break points in the opening game but Ebden responded to the second with an unreturnable second serve, an ace and then a superb point to win the game - and then broke the Scot's serve in the next.
He saved three more break points in a 10-minute fifth game and Murray drilled a forehand into the net as another slipped away in the seventh, leaving him serving to stay in the set.
He managed that but could not prevent Ebden serving out to win the set 6-3 in 39 minutes, having won nine of 13 points when coming to the net in an otherwise even contest.
Murray had to make a good start in the second set and he did, breaking at the first attempt.
Hold of serve
He faced two break points in the very next game after sending a forehand long, but saved both and consolidated his break.
Another followed as the Wimbledon champion began to click into gear, benefiting from a more aggressive approach as he took balls from well inside the baseline.
A tough hold took him 5-0 up in the set and he won the set when he broke again in the next, helped by a net-cord on set point.
He was broken in the opening game of the decider but responded by winning the next four and as Ebden ran out of steam, a second serve lodged sorrowfully in the net to gift Murray two break points.
He converted the first into a 5-1 lead and served out, taking his second match point as Ebden's return sailed long.
"You do what you do to win a match," said Murray afterwards. "It's not always about how you play or how calm you are on the court, it's about winning the tennis match. That's what matters."