ANDY MURRAY doesn’t give up.
With his metal waist and advanced age, the three-time Grand Slam champion may never return to the glorious heights of winning Wimbledon and the US Open.
But the way he snarled, fist pumped and pushed himself to the limit in what ended up being a routine first-round win at the Miami Open over Argentinian Federico Delbonis showed the super Scotsman was still ready is for the fight.
His 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 triumph here at Hard Rock Stadium has resulted in a thrilling clash with world number two Daniil Medvedev, who will once again test the Briton’s ability since his return to the… Stringing together Tour wins after a second hip operation.
He has failed to confirm first-round wins in his last five tournaments and his match with Medvedev will be the first time he has faced a top-two player in five years.
It’s a tall order against the lanky Russian but Murray believes.
Of course he does.
The Scot said: “I’m looking forward to taking him on. He’s a smart, intelligent player, but let’s see how I progress. He’s a smart guy.
“He deserves to be at the top of the game and I’ve got a long training block ahead of me so this will be a great test for me to see where my game is.”
A brilliant forehand winner sealed the match in just over an hour and a half at Hard Rock Stadium with Murray, a two-time Miami Open champion, moving well while unleashing his usual attacking shots.
He added: “I’m really glad I got through. The first set was very tight but I did well in the end.
“It’s the first time I’ve played here in this stadium. I used to have a court in Miami, but I might have to buy a new one.”
Murray is hoping to have former coach Ivan Lendl in his corner this weekend after the pair trained together in nearby Boca Raton this week.
Heather Watson also impressed with a superb win over 15th-seeded Elina Svitolina – it’s the first time the 29-year-old has defeated a top 20 player since January 2020 – but it wasn’t a good day for Emma Raducanu, one had face like thunder after collapsing to yet another post-US Open loss.
The 19-year-old US Open champion has won just four out of 12 matches since her memorable first Slam last September and the way she ran out of gas against Czech fighter Katerina Siniakova was disappointing.
She moaned: “I thought she played really well but it’s a shame to lose that.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4973312/andy-murray-miami-open-first-round-federico-delbonis/ Andy Murray meets Daniil Medvedev after first-round win in Miami but Emma Raducanu suffers another loss after the US Open