After the change of opponent due to injury, top-seeded Andy Murray won his first round match in the Japan Open against Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7), 6-4. On his way to defending his title of the tennis tournament after winning the U.S. Open last month, Murray managed to withstand 17 aces from Karlovic at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon. Murray’s first scheduled opponent was to be Gael Monfils of France, a rival he admitted would be a tough first match, but Monfils had to withdraw due to ongoing problems with a knee injury.
Murray was seen as being unable to capitalize on his first and seventh game break points. He served three aces in a row during the eighth game, bringing to 4-4. Karlovic had 12 aces in the set, but missed the opportunity to advance 6-3 during the tiebreak. Murray was also the victor of the pair’s match in the first round of Wimbledon.
In addition to defending his Japan Open title from last year, and winning this year’s U.S. Open, the world ranked number 3 also took home the gold medal during this summer’s London Olympics. Lukas Lacko of Slovakia will be Murray’s second round opponent. Also advancing on Tuesday was Japan’s own Kei Nishikori, seeded eighth, after defeating countryman Go Soeda earlier in the day.
[via Chester Chronicle]
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