Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Andy Murray in the groove for Wimbledon

Andy Murray recently missed the French Open because of a back injury but is returning to Wimbledon
Andy Murray

Andy Murray put the finishing touches to his preparations for Wimbledon with victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori in the exhibition BNP Paribas Tennis Classic at the Hurlingham Club.

Murray missed the French Open with a back injury, but secured a third AEGON Championships title at Queen's last weekend. The Scot again looked in good form in London as he beat Nishikori 6-2 7-6 (7/5).

He broke the serve of Nishikori, who is at a career-high of 11th in the ATP world rankings, in the third game of the opening set to move 3-1 ahead.

The spectators were treated to some exhibition shots which are unlikely to follow either player to the All England Club next week.

World number two Murray dropped his next service game before closing out the set.

Nishikori showed intent at the start of the second set to lead 3-0 as Murray lost momentum following some unforced errors and misplaced serves.

However, Murray was soon back in his rhythm and two breaks brought him level.

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