Andy Murray got off to what can be best describe as a steady start to the tournament in Beijing this week as he defeated Andreas Seppi 6-2 7-5 to advance to the second round of the tournament.
Seppi can be a tricky player at times and he did cause a few issues for the Brit. He threw in the drop shot early on just to keep the world number two on his feet in the early stages but it was Andy who made the first move in the match and once he went a break up never looked back in the first set taking it 6-2.
An issue for Seppi throughout the match was his serve. He finished with 47% of first serves in and just won 12/35 points behind his second serve which was eaten up by Murray as seen below.
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Just look at the body position from Murray! When he makes contact with the serve only the front of his right foot is on the court and look how straight the arms are going into that two-hander.
Murray didn’t hit any service return winners during the match despite Seppi’s poor second serve and persistence in going to the backhand on the serve but he planted the ball right at the feet of the Italian putting him on the back-foot of his own serve within a matter of seconds of serving.
One aspect of Murray’s game which was a little flat was the forehand. I’m not sure whether it was the speed of the court or lack of game time recently but it seemed to be below par. Quite a few times we saw the forehand under pressure and just hitting the net quite a bit.
Murray plays Andrey Kuznetsov tomorrow who he beat when they last met in 2014 at the US Open over four sets.