Murray comes through late night test

May 07, 2015
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Andy Murray booked his place in the third round of the Madrid Open with a second win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in the space of three days.

Murray is looking for his second clay court title of the year after beating Kohlschreiber in the final of the Munich Open at the weekend.

The Scot had to wait until 01:12am local time to get on court in the Spanish capital, with the start time just a minute short of the latest ever start to an ATP Tour contest.

The early hours kick-off to the contest seemed to effect Kohlschreiber as he appeared to visibly tire during the latter stages of the match.

Murray went 3-0 up in the first set before serving out to take an early lead, Kohlschreiber doing the same in the second to take the match into a third set.

The two-time Grand Slam champion was able to take advantage of his German opponent wilting in the decider as he ripped through it to record a 6-3 3-6 6-0 win, finishing the match at 3am local time.

Elsewhere, Roger Federer was unable to build on his victory at the Turkish Open as he was eliminated from the Madrid Open by Nick Kyrgios 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(12).

After the contest, the Swiss star admitted he had struggled to cope with the Australian's big serve and was left frustrated at his failure to deal with the 20-year-old's main offensive weapon.

“My problem was I couldn't return his first serve,” said Federer, who won 18 of 85 first serve return points. “[It] was just a horrible performance on the return.

“As the match went on it got so bad that I just couldn't get into decent positions on the return, so it made it very difficult to get any sort of rhythm after that.

“But credit to him for serving well and keep doing what he was doing. But I'm very disappointed by that. That's what cost me the match, in my opinion.”


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