Andy Murray has spoken about the ‘unpleasant’ winds during his first-round win over Lorenzo Sonego in Toronto. In a hard-fought victory, the three-time Canadian Open winner came out on top in a contest that saw both players contend with the weather.
The blustery conditions impacted both Sonego and Murray, with the latter coming out on top in the opening set with a 7-6 (3) success – in what appeared a somewhat decisive lead. Sonego was discouraged by going a set behind and appeared to switch off in the second set, losing 6-0 to hand Murray the win.
Speaking after the match, the victorious 36-year-old said: “It really wasn’t pleasant to play in. It was really blustery, changing direction during the point, and we knew coming in it was going to feel uncomfortable. We hit on this court this morning and it was really breezy.
“So I was expecting it but it still adds a bit of stress to the match and it was a really tight first set. There were lots of opportunities each way, I managed to sneak through the tie-break and after that, he was obviously a bit disappointed, and I relaxed a little bit.”
Murray has enjoyed plenty of success in Toronto previously and is bidding for his fourth title in the competition, though admits that the conditions at the tournament don’t truly suit his style and that other venues play to his advantage more. He explained: “The conditions here are very different to playing in Montreal.
“It’s always much faster here, it just takes time to get used to it,” said Murray. “Hopefully if I build some confidence and get through some matches, I believe I can play well on this court and in these conditions. Obviously, I’ve had success here in the past. It was a very long time ago, but I have good memories from this tournament. I love playing here and hopefully, I can build a bit of momentum.”
Fellow Brit Dan Evans was unable to replicate the feat of Murray as he crashed out of the competition in the first round, failing to follow up on his Citi Open success. The 33-year-old was beaten by Gabriel Diallo, who was understandably ecstatic after securing his first-ever ATP Tour level win.
Cameron Norrie was also beaten on the day, with Australian Alex de Minaur managing to conquer the conditions to progress into the next round.