ATP Rogers Cup: Andy Murray begins Toronto campaign with easy win over Nick Kyrgios
Last Updated: 06/08/14 11:30pm
Andy Murray eased into the third round of the Rogers Cup with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Nick Kyrgios in Toronto.
The British No 1, playing his first match since losing in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, needed just 54 minutes to see off his hard-hitting Australian opponent.
Kyrgios memorably defeated Rafael Nadal at the All England Club and was viewed as a dangerous opening opponent, but the teenager was far from his best and was guilty of a string of unforced errors.
Murray, who is seeded eighth for the tournament, will face 12th seed Richard Gasquet next after the Frenchman defeated Ivo Karlovic 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.
"Kyrgios has obviously got a lot of confidence with the way Wimbledon went and winning his first match here but I played to play with a lot of variety, which has always been my game really," Murray told Sky Sports after the match.
"I maybe went away from that a little bit at some points over the last year or so but that's when I play my best tennis and it worked well today."
Murray recently stated that he wanted to work with new coach Amelie Mauresmo for the long term, the former women's world No 1 having originally been brought onboard on a temporary basis in June.
He added of the partnership: "We work on all aspects of the game. I served well today - that was important. I've worked extremely hard physically, by far the hardest I've worked since my back surgery (in September 2013) and the hardest I've worked in the last couple of years.
"My legs are strong and I'm moving well around the court and that's a big positive for me."
Murray made a strong start and clinched the first of his four breaks of serve in the the third game of the opening set. He consolidated the lead with a hold to love.
Kyrgios hit 70 winners when he beat Nadal in London but his aggressive strategy did not work this time and, after one of his many unforced errors handed Murray a second break, he vented his frustration by destroying his racquet frame on the surface of the hard court.
Murray served out the first set and made another move with the scores tied at 2-2 in the second, from which point the former US Open and Wimbledon champion did not lose another game.