Former world No. 1 Andy Murray was struggling in the opening set of his Shanghai Masters opener because he needed some time to adjust to the fast conditions. Murray, now ranked at No. 289 in the world, came from a set down to beat 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero 2-6 6-3 6-3 and progress into the Shanghai second round.
After dropping his serve twice in the first set, Murray firmly held on to his serve throughout the whole second set and claimed his first two breaks to force a decider. Murray blew an early third set break but didn't make the same mistake after earning his second break of the set in the sixth game.
"The court is by far the fastest conditions that I have played in since I came back. I really struggled with that early on. I was mistiming the ball. I felt quite slow on the court, and he was pretty much dictating all of the points,” Murray said post-match, per the ATP website.
“I managed kind of early on in the second set to start putting a bit more on my ball, going for my shots a little bit more and just trying to hit through the court a bit more, get him on the defensive, which I did pretty well”.
Murray plays next No. 10 seed Fabio Fognini, against who he owns a 4-3 head-to-head record. "I have always had tough matches with him,” Murray acknowledged. "He's not an easy guy to play against. Unbelievably talented guy.
Good hand skills. Moves well. A little bit up and down sometimes in his matches, but he's playing really well."