The three-time Major winner Andy Murray is through to the second round in Stockholm, beating the Norwegian Viktor Durasovic 6-1, 7-6 in an hour and 37 minutes. The 24-year-old Durasovic is currently ranked 354th, and he fought well in the second set, losing it in the tie break after wasting a set point and propelling Murray into the next round, where he faces the top seed Jannik Sinner.
Andy lost 15 points in ten service games and got broken once from as many chances offered to Viktor. Murray forged the advantage in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, seizing three out of seven break points to find himself in the last 16.
In the opening game, the Briton held at love with a service winner and earned a break in game two when the Norwegian netted a forehand. Murray placed a forehand winner in game three to extend the advantage and grabbed another break after Durasovic's loose backhand to open a 4-0 gap.
Andy Murray and Taylor Fritz are through to the second round in Stockholm.
The younger player held at love in game six to avoid a bagel before Andy sealed the opener with an ace a few minutes later for 6-1. The Briton broke at the beginning of the second set and forged a 3-1 advantage before the Norwegian broke back in game six with a smash winner at the net.
Both players served well in the remaining games to set a tie break, and Murray landed an ace to move 5-2 in front. Viktor saved two match points with winners at 4-6 and fired an ace to open a 7-6 gap and earn his set point.
Andy erased it and took three straight points to seal the deal with a forehand winner at 8-7 and set the thrilling clash against Jannik Sinner. Taylor Fritz defeated Egor Gerasimov 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 13 minutes, losing serve once and delivering three breaks to move into the last 16.
The American dropped ten points in ten service games and overpowered the Belarusian in the more extended exchanges to kick off the title chase. Taylor grabbed a break in the opener's fifth game after Egor let the return to land in and sealed the deal with a service winner at 5-4.
They traded breaks at the beginning of the second set, and Fritz rattled off three straight games from 4-3 down. The American broke the rival at 4-4 and held at 15 a few minutes later to join Murray in round two.