In an interview during a press event at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Andy Murray has revealed that ever since his back surgery the world number 6 has been pain free. A couple weeks ago Murray accepted a wildcard in to the tournament. Murray cited lack of matches played and the chance to gain more ranking points for his reason to accepting a wildcard into the tournament. Quoting atpworld.com Murray said:-
“I had already had a long break due to my back surgery, so I hadn’t played a lot of matches. When you haven’t played for a long time, you have to get used to competing.
“I quite fancied playing a tournament before going to Acapulco. I like the tournament, it is close to London and [as] I don’t have many [Emirates ATP Rankings] points to defend over the next few weeks, it was an opportunity to improve my ranking and to get back on a match court again.”
Murray is seeded 2nd in the tournament and is drawn in the bottom half. In his half is the mighty Frenchman Jo-wilfried Tsonga and last weeks Open Sud de France finalist Richard Gasquet. In his first round Murray will face 30 year old Édouard Roger-Vasselin. They have played each other twice before with Murray taking both matches in straight sets (Australian Open 2012 and Monte Carlo 2013).
Things has already got underway in Rotterdam. Yesterday there was a straight sets win for Thomas Berdych who eased to a 64 64 win over Andreas Seppi. Berdych didn't face a single break point on his serve. Qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu came from a set down to battle to a 46 76 64 win over Ivan Dodig. Mathieu produced a good win over top seed Daniel Brands in qualifying. There was double success for Germany with Michael Berrer and Philipp Kohlschreiber winning their matches. Finally there was a scare for Jo-wilfried Tsonga in his first round match against Florian Mayer. Tsonga lost his serve early on in the third game which cost him the first set. Fortunately Tsonga did regroup in the second set to start taking command of the match. The second and third sets was more convincing from Tsonga who finally won 46 63 61 in a match lasting 1 hour and 29 minuets.