Whilst many players are out in Melbourne beginning their campaign for 2021 at the Australian Open a five time former champion is back in Europe in Biella in Northern Italy this week.
Following a positive Covid-19 test the Brit had to miss the trip to Melbourne and was due to play in qualifiying for the Biella Challenger. However, circumstances did change at the last minute, a wildcard became available and propelled Murray to the top seed.
Murray was up against Maximillian Marterer who once had a big breakthrough at Melbourne Park himself in 2018. The Australian Open was the site of his first win at Grand Slam level after 14 round one losses on the bounce.
Murray and Max played a good match and it was close to begin with and ended on the tie-break going the way of the German who won it 7-6 (7-3)
From there on the Brit who dominated the second set and the match. Andy went up an early break of serve and didn’t look back equalling the match at a set a piece.
The good form continued for Murray who went from strength to strength in the match winning 6-7 6-2 6-3 against the German for his first win since he came from two sets down to Yoshihito Nishioka at the US Open over 5 months ago.
Andy Murray will be back in action on Wednesday up against Gian Marco Moroni, the 22 year old has only played twice on the ATP tour in his career and is ranked at 234 in the world.