Murray needs seven match points to win Citi Open opener

Murray needs seven match points to win Citi Open opener

Murray needs seven match points to win Citi Open opener

Andy Murray believes he overcame a big mental hurdle with his hard-fought comeback win over Mackenzie McDonald at the Citi Open.

He pulled out of Wimbledon on July 1 because, he said at the time, it "might be a bit too soon in the recovery process" for his hip to try to compete in best-of-five-set matches.

An emotional Andy Murray made a triumphant return to hardcourts on Monday in his first match on the surface for almost 17 months, outlasting Mackenzie McDonald at the ATP Tour's Washington Open. I chased balls down. You just think 'what if I can't come back, what if this is the end?'

"Made a few little adjustments here and there".

"It could have gone either way".

"I'll have to play much better if I want to win that match, more aggressively", Murray said.

Murray booked a second-round match on Wednesday against British fourth seed Kyle Edmund, who had an opening bye.

McDonald, coming off a round of 16 appearance at Wimbledon that put him in the top 100 for the first time in his career, blasted winners all night but was ultimately undone by a torrent of unforced errors in the third set, including a costly one when his racquet crossed the net on a volley.

"I feel better than I did during the grass (tournaments)", he said.

"I don't know all the details or numbers and the actual facts of how much everyone individually gets tested", Murray said.

"I was struggling on my serve".

"It was great to get through that one", he said, "but in terms of the actual way that I went about the match and played the match, I wasn't that happy with it".

In other matches, Noah Rubin got past Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 6-4; Tim Smyczek beat Ricardas Berankis 7-6 (7-4) 6-2, and Malek Jaziri defeated Evgeny Donskoy 6-4 6-1.

The former world number one and three-time grand slam victor was unable to play at Wimbledon in July after initially making his comeback at Eastbourne and Queen's, meaning his ranking slid down to a career-low 832.

The ex-world number one was broken in two of his first three service games as he lost the first set before levelling and taking a 73-minute final set.

Now ranked 832 in the world, Murray composed himself and broke serve in the opening game of the second set, only to hand the break straight to McDonald.

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