Andy Murray once again showed his quality on grass as he demolished Sam Querrey at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport.
Murray added the event to his calendar in an attempt to earn a seeded position in the US Open draw, and he made a powerful start in admittedly difficult windy conditions.
The 35-year-old was rarely troubled and he won 12 of the 14 games played during the match, eventually winning it 6-2, 6-0.
“Any match that I get to play now I try to make the most of it,” Murray said after the match.
“I’ve obviously had a lot of issues with injuries the last four or five years. You never know how close you are to the end, but I’m aware I’m getting towards the end of my career so I make the most of every match and every tournament I get to play now.”
Andy Murray is playing the Hall of Fame Open in Newport for the first time since 2006, which is testament to his determination to play as much tennis as he possibly can.
He said a lot has changed in his life since the last time he played the event, but he’s pleased he has returned.
“It’s obviously amazing to be back here and playing on this court again after 16 years,” Murray said.
“A lot has happened in that time: four kids, married and all that stuff. But I’m happy to be back.
“It was so breezy and really difficult, but we’re doing the best we can given the conditions.”
Andy Murray will now face Max Purcell in the next round with the Australian riding high after winning the men’s doubles at Wimbledon.
His singles ranking is 202, although he showed he can do some real damage by beating Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 on Tuesday.