Rotterdam - Andy Murray has rebounded nicely from his Australian Open disappointment
as the Scot defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the
second round of the ATP Rotterdam World Tennis event.
number four who lost the Grand Slam title bid 10 days ago to Novak
Djokovic, hammered the 109th-ranked Mahut to hand the Frenchman a 30th
career defeat by a top 10 player.
While the Scot eased through in
93 minutes, fourth seed Stan Wawrinka had to overcome a second-set blip
in which which his game went completely off the boil before finally
recovering to defeat Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
then Wawrinka needed six match points to seal victory over a player
ranked a lowly 248th in the world in just over an hour-and-a-half.
"It's never easy to start, but getting through is the most important," said Wawrinka.
"Match conditions are always different than practise.
"But I've been training well and I'm pleased to have won."
ranked ninth in the world, will next play Spaniard Guillermo
Garcia-Lopez, who beat Uzbek Denis Istomin 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.
Wawrinka won the first set in 34 minutes but struggled in the second set as he seemed to lose concentration.
But in the third set, the 2014 Australian Open winner went up a break for 3-1 and slowly regained command.
the 2009 champion at the Ahoy Stadium, was never in trouble against
Mahut, whose sole victory over the Scotsman was a shock first round win
on grass at Queen's club in 2012.
"It was a high-quality match," said the winner.
"In the second set he had a lot of chances.
played some long games with some very good points, it was a real
contrast in styles, as he likes to come to the net whenever possible.
"It was a good match, a very high standard. The scoreline does not reflect how tough it was."
Murray moved into a second-round match with Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
Murray made the break in the first set to lead 4-2 as 33-year-old Mahut lunged and missed a volley.
Murray then ran out the set in 33 minutes, blasting down an ace on his first set point.
The second set was one-way traffic for Murray, who broke the Frenchman three times to go 5-0 up.
Mahut suddenly caught fire, forcing Murray to save two break points
before the Scot's fourth double-fault handed the Frenchman a first game.
Mahut pulled another game back to make it 2-5 before Murray ended the comeback moments later with an easy volley.
other first-round results, Sergiy Stakhovsky beat Austrian Dominic
Thiem 6-1, 6-3 while Italian Andreas Seppi, conqueror of Roger Federer
in Melbourne, came from behind to beat Holland's Robin Haase 6-7 (5/7),
Results on the third day of the ATP Rotterdam World Tennis Tournament on Wednesday (x denotes seeded player):
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-1, 6-3
Andy Murray (GBR x1) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-3, 6-2
Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-3
Guillermo Garca-Lopez (ESP) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4