Andy Murray says his hard-fought win over Lorenzo Sonego at the Qatar Open gives him something to build on when he faces Alexander Zverev in the second round.
Murray was back in action for the first time since his Australian Open exploits and once again found himself having to dig deep to win, saving three match points against Sonego before clinching the match in three sets with a 4-6 6-1 7-6 (4) victory.
The Scot admitted he had faced another test but said he had exploited his opponent’s mistakes when he got the opportunity and took things from there.
“It was really tough,” Murray told Prime Video.
“We’ve never played or practised against each other. I didn’t know exactly how the match was going to go and took a while to get used to his game.
“He’s a very aggressive player and takes a lot of chances, plays high-risk tennis.
“He rolled the dice at the end and it looked like he had the momentum and then, thankfully in the mid-part of that tie-break, he made a couple of mistakes and I managed to turn it around.”
The reward for that victory is a second round match against Zverev, who Murray is wary of, despite the player not being at his best yet.
“He (Zverev) was one of the top players in the world and had a bad injury at the French Open last year and is just coming back from that,” Murray said.
“He’s going to be improving every week just now. He’s not quite back at the level he was but injuries take time.
“Hopefully I can keep building on this one.”
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