Come rain, wind or shine, one of the last players you want to meet on a tennis court is Andy Murray. The world No 4 is a master of challenging conditions, as Donald Young found to his cost at the Miami Masters yesterday.
Murray needed just 82 minutes to beat the 25-year-old American 6-4, 6-2 and earn a third-round meeting with Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo.
Heat and humidity are usually the biggest problems at Crandon Park, but on this occasion it was a gusting wind that provided the main challenge. Murray, however, knows better than most how to play within himself in such conditions while bamboozling his opponent by mixing up his game.
“It was ridiculously windy today,” the Scot said afterwards. “The ball was swirling around all over the place and changing direction during your serve, so that makes it tough on your ball toss. It was very tricky and I just tried to play how I normally do in the wind – to use some variety and make it tricky for him – and it worked.”
Murray won the first four games and had break points for a 5-0 lead before the world No 44 finally got on the scoreboard. The second set began in identical fashion to the first, with Murray breaking serve.
Giraldo, the world No 31, who beat Robin Haase 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, has won one and lost two of his three meetings with Murray, which have all been on clay.