Andy Murray beat Brandon Nakashima 7-6(5) 6-4 to succeed in the final 16 of the Washington Open.
Murray had performed two doubles matches alongside Dan Evans earlier this week, which resulted in defeat on Tuesday, however he was in singles motion for the primary time since shedding to Stefanos Tsitsipas at Wimbledon final month.
The three-time Grand Slam champion is constructing as much as the US Open, which is reside on Sky Sports activities from August 28 to September 10.
“I assumed I did properly. I hit the ball very properly from the start of the match. I used to be struggling a bit on the return. Brandon serves properly, particularly on his second serve. I used to be struggling to create many alternatives on return,” stated Murray.
“I used to be just a bit bit extra strong than him on the finish of the tie-break. He made a number of errors and I bought some balls again in play.
“The courtroom and the balls are extraordinarily gradual right here, so you must work actually arduous in all of the video games and it is not straightforward to complete factors. It was one to get by means of.”
It was a good contest all through and Murray regarded like he was going to go a set down when Nakashima was 5-2 up within the first set tie-break, however received 5 consecutive factors in a key second within the match.
Murray asserted his authority by breaking firstly of the second set and crucially saved three break factors when 0-40 down within the fourth sport.
The remainder of the match went on serve but it surely wasn’t with out drama within the remaining sport as Nakashima had a break level probability following a Murray double fault.
However, the Briton received an excellent level with a courageous drop shot forehand cross-court, which Nakashima hit into the online and held his nerve to recover from the road.
On the drop shot, Murray stated: “Just a little little bit of luck in that shot however I executed it properly. It was a fairly strong level up till that time.
“I had really seen within the earlier spherical that [Aleksandr] Vukic, who performed Brandon, used that shot quite a bit. I did not use it an excessive amount of immediately but it surely labored once I wanted it on the finish.”