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World No.3 Andy Murray faced a tough opening encounter, put managed to pull through to beat Italian Simone Bolelli 7-6(9), 6-4 in 2 hours and 7 minutes. After coming out victorious in the 20 tie-break, he broke his opponent’s serve once in the second set to seal the victory.
Murray took over from Novak Djokovic on May 11, becoming the highest ranked British player in the open era. He is also attempting to become the first player to defend his Madrid title.
The Scot next looks to even the series against Spaniard Tommy Robredo in their fourth meeting. Robredo won the first two meetings, but Murray came out victorious in their last meeting at Indian Wells.