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Moselle Open: Andy Murray beats Ugo Humbert in Metz

Andy Murray beats Ugo Humbert of France in straight sets to set up second round clash with Vasek Pospisil at Moselle Open in Metz

Andy Murray, of Great Britain, returns a shot to Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Image: Andy Murray produced one of his biggest wins in the last year (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Andy Murray came on strong to sink home favourite Ugo Humbert and advance to the second round of the Moselle Open in Metz.

The Scot looked set to pay the price for failing to convert a series of break point chances before he found his range to dispatch the world No 26 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Murray had pushed world No 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets in the first round of the US Open last month, before suffering a low-key defeat to Roman Safiullin in the last 16 of a Challenger in Rennes last week.

And the manner of his display against the accomplished Humbert ought to give him plenty of encouragement that he can finish another difficult season on a high.

Murray, a finalist in Metz in 2007, fell a set behind when Humbert seized his first opportunity with a flashing stop-volley to break for a 5-4 advantage, then served out for the set.

Murray dug himself out of a hole at 3-3 in the second set, before seizing on an increasing number of errant forehands from his opponent to take his ninth break point opportunity and, like Humbert, duly serve out for the set.

Seemingly shrugging off any lingering fitness concerns, Murray roared into a double-break advantage at the start of the decider to silence the fans who had cheered Humbert to his early advantage.

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Saving two break points at 4-1, then another two games later with a brilliant backhand pass, Murray ultimately served out to set up a second round clash with Vasek Pospisil.

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