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Murray glad to show he still has some bite

 

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray believes the manner of his victory over Kyle Edmund at the Citi Open in Washington was just as important as the result.

The former World No.1 prevailed 7-6 (7-4) 1-6 6-4 in the battle of the Brits to clinch the biggest win of his comeback from hip surgery.

Murray, now 832nd in the world rankings, was facing the man who replaced him as British No.1 and gained a measure of revenge for his straight-sets defeat to Edmund at Eastbourne in June.

It was another testing occasion for the Scot, who was taken to a decider for a second time this week having edged out Mackenzie McDonald in the first round. But the 31-year-old was particularly encouraged by a more attacking display, saying: "It was much better, just in terms of the way I actually played.

"I basically spent the first match defending, I was playing quite far behind the baseline. And that's not really how I want to be playing moving forward.

"I spoke at good length with my coach about that. Today, regardless of the result, we wanted to at least be dictating more points, trying to use my forehand, be closer to the baseline.

"I did that, especially in some of the important moments in the third set... I was being more offensive. I was a lot happier with the way I approached the match."

Murray was due to face Marius Copil in the last 16 in the early hours of this morning after the Romanian knocked out Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-4.

Edmund said: "I gave my best of what I had on the day. It just didn't work out.

"It would have been nice to hold serve and maybe even control what I can and take (the third set) to a tie-break but it didn't happen."

Johanna Konta, meanwhile, eased past American Sofia Kenin to reach the quarter-finals of the Silicon Valley Classic.

A day after inflicting the worst defeat of Serena Williams' career, British No.1 Konta struck nine aces in a 6-1 6-4 victory.

Konta will face fourth seed Elise Mertens of Belgium next.

British No.2 Cameron Norrie is through to the second round of the Los Cabos Open in Mexico.

The 22-year-old defeated Indian qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-2 6-2 to set up a second-round tie with eighth seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain.

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