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Aegon Championship: Andy Murray serves up double trouble

The Scotsman first completed a rain-delayed 6-3, 7-6 win over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut and then returned to beat Australia¿s Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2 in his second match of the day at the Aegon Championships.

Andy Murray plays a return to Nicolas Mahut during their match at the Queen's Club grass court championships in London on Wednesday.
Andy Murray plays a return to Nicolas Mahut during their match at the Queen's Club grass court championships in London on Wednesday.

LONDON // Andy Murray did double duty yesterday at the Aegon Championship.

The Scotsman first completed a rain-delayed 6-3, 7-6 win over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut at the Aegon Championships on Thursday in his first match following a four-week break caused by a back injury.

Murray then returned to beat Australia's Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2 in his second match of the day.

The top seed, forced to miss the French Open after being sidelined by the back issue in Rome, needed only 45 minutes to ease past Mahut on day four of the Wimbledon warm-up event.

"It is tough to get into a rhythm with all the delays," Murray said. "I managed to get through it in the end and hopefully it's a good warm-up for later.

"Missing the French Open was tough. You realise how much it means to you.

"[Thursday] the back felt great, especially with the conditions we have had. It is very cold and I'm sure, as anyone who has had a back problem knows, that's not good.

"But even with all the stopping and starting, it feels great and that is probably the most satisfying thing about the match."

Resuming at 6-3, 2-2, Murray rattled through a brisk second set and brought up match point by threading a screaming forehand down the line for a winner.

Moments later, he finished off Mahut, mostly known remembered for his record 11-hour epic against American John Isner at Wimbledon in 2010, with a blazing passing shot.

"They were two very different matches," Murray said after defeating Matosevic. "The second was more baseline, while Mahut played more closely to the net. Hopefully, the wind calms down a bit tomorrow and we will see more good tennis."

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also put in a double shift after beating compatriot Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 to reach the third round.

Fourth-seeded Tsonga, who reached the French Open semi-finals last week, completed the victory with an ace after 109 minutes and then defeated Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in his second match of the day to progress to the fourth round.

When asked by the BBC how he felt after playing two matches in one day, Tsonga said: "Really bad. I think I've got sick of the court today."

Former champion Lleyton Hewitt hustled past big-serving American Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Second-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych recorded a 6-3, 6-4 third-round win over Slovenia's Grega Zemlja.

 

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