Andy Murray eases into third round of Rome Masters
Andy Murray progressed effortlessly into the third round of the Rome masters after he overcame Andreas Seppi in straight sets, winning 6-2 6-4.
It was only a matter of weeks ago that Murray was bemoaning the worst form of his career to date.
A disappointing defeat in the second round of the Monaco Masters against the German, Philipp Kohlschreiber triggered a frank admission from Murray. “I have never played so badly,” admitted the world number five.
The prospect of the Rome Masters provided the Scot with an opportunity to rediscover some much needed confidence and form.
On face value, the tournament was not a test which the British player would normally relish having managed a single victory in four attempts on the Roman clay.
But the Scot was ruthless in dispatching Seppi. Despite facing a partisan crowd supporting their home player, he rampaged through the first set, sealing the eighth game with a ferocious ace followed by a hefty backhand.
Matters continued in much the same vein as the Scot raced into an early lead in the second set, though Seppi showed some fight, battling back to 4-5 to temporarily give his opponent something to contemplate.
But Murray comfortably served out the match with three successive aces, encapsulating an accomplished and assured second round display. It was a welcome return to winning ways for the 22-year-old.
In the post match interview the British number one was quick to play down talk of his bad form.
“Everyone’s panicking saying ‘what’s your problem?'” said Murray. “I played a couple of bad tournaments – it happens sometimes.
“Roger’s had a couple of bad weeks, it happens to everybody.
“I went away, worked hard and got my mind right – I think mentally I was a bit tired after the start of the year.”