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Andy Murray wins first match since pulling out of the Olympic singles by beating Richard Gasquet

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Andy Murray wins first singles match since pulling out of Olympics with a thigh injury by beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets at Cincinnati Masters as he steps up US Open preparations

Andy Murray made a winning return to action following his withdrawal from the Olympics singles with a 6-4 6-4 victory against Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters.

Following his brief individual run at Wimbledon, Murray withdrew from the singles in Tokyo with a thigh strain, although he did play in the doubles event alongside Joe Salisbury.

In Cincinnati, the British tennis star sent down 14 aces, including 10 in just the first set, and finished with 38 winners for the match to mark a winning start at the competition where he has won twice in his career in 2008 and 2011.  

Andy Murray won his first singles match since pulling out of the Olympics in Cincinnati

Andy Murray won his first singles match since pulling out of the Olympics in Cincinnati

Murray was too strong for French rival Richard Gasquet, who he comfortably beat 6-4 6-4

Murray was too strong for French rival Richard Gasquet, who he comfortably beat 6-4 6-4

‘I was able to step in and control a lot of the points,’ Murray told the ATP website.

‘When I play like that, I create opportunities and can put a lot of pressure on my opponent.’

He will next face the winner out of ninth seed Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon earlier this year, and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

In his first press conference since the Olympics, Murray on Sunday admitted he would not be making any long-term goals until after the US Open.

Murray managed 14 aces and hit 38 winners to move into the second round in Cincinnati

Murray managed 14 aces and hit 38 winners to move into the second round in Cincinnati

‘I think I need to set short-term goals, it is what’s really important just now because it’s been very difficult to plan medium and longer-term targets because of various different issues that I’ve had this year,’ he said.

Murray made it to Wimbledon after two hip surgeries in 2018 and 2019, when it was unclear whether the Briton would be able to play tennis again.

Wimbledon was Murray’s first Grand Slam of this year, after he contracted Covid before the Australian Open and missed Roland Garros, where he reached the third round before losing to eventual semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov in straight sets.

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