Andy Murray will face world No 2 Daniil Medvedev in the second round of the Miami Open after beginning the tournament with a straight-sets win over Federico Delbonis.
Murray beat Argentina’s Delbonis 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 on Thursday, easing to victory in the second set after a tight first which did not feature a single break point.
The Scot eventually took a 6-4 advantage in the tiebreak and wrapped up the set when Delbonis double-faulted.
Murray broke immediately in the second set and strolled to victory from that point as he bounced back from his defeat to Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in the second round at Indian Wells last week
A clash with top-seed Medvedev, runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in January, is next up.
Medvedev recently spent three weeks as world No 1 and must reach the semi-finals in Miami to leapfrog Novak Djokovic at the top of the men’s game once again.
Murray said of his meeting with Medvedev: “[It’s] obviously a tough match. He’s played extremely well on the hard courts the last few seasons. He deserves to be right up there at the top of the game.
“It’ll be a big challenge for me, it’ll be a great test for where my game’s at and the things I need to work on.”