- 28 Aug 2019
Andy Murray said he was happy with his performance after defeating third seed Norbert Gombos at the Rafa Nadal Open as the three-time grand slam champion’s singles comeback continued.
Murray advanced to the round of 16 in Mallorca, where the former world number one overcame Gombos 6-3 6-4 on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old Murray dropped down to the ATP Challenger Tour for the first time since 2005 in a bid to improve his fitness following hip resurfacing surgery in January, which threatened to end his stellar career.
After blitzing teenager Imran Sibille in his opener, Murray upstaged Gombos – who leads the Challenger circuit for match wins with a 36-16 record.
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“I think I did well, it was a tough match,” said Murray. “He hits his shots very hard, so I had to do quite a lot of moving and defending.
“There are things I’d like to do better, but it was a good match.
“I don’t play tomorrow [Wednesday], so that’s nice to get a day to rest and recover. That’s important at this stage of my comeback.”
Murray, who will face world number 240 Matteo Viola for a place in the quarter-finals, is featuring on the Challenger Tour for the first time in 14 years.
The Brit started a singles comeback at ATP Masters 1000 tournament the Western & Southern Open before making a swift exit from the Winston-Salem Open.
Murray – who played a series of high-profile doubles tournaments after teaming up with Serena Williams in the mixed event at Wimbledon – then opted to skip the US Open in New York.