Mikael Ymer battles Andy Murray in Washington | ATP Tour

There are roller coaster matches and then there is a clash between them Mikael Ymer and Andy Murray on Monday.

After plenty of twists and turns, the Swede eventually upset the former world number one 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-1 to reach the second round of the tournament. Citi Open. It was Ymer’s first match on a hard court since February.

“I’m excited,” Ymer said in his court interview. “It was the first day [of the U.S. swing]so of course there’s still a lot of work to be done, but it’s a very good start for the American swing.”

Both men exhibited physical problems at various points, but Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals graduate broke through the third set and triumphed after two hours and 50 minutes.

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After saving four set points in the opening and taking a 3-1 lead in the second, Ymer was in full control. Murray was left stretching his legs and rueing missed opportunities on several occasions. On each of his four set points in the first set – one at 6-5 and three more in the tie-break – he was in a winning point position but failed to convert.

“Obviously it was disappointing. I thought it was good tennis in the first set. After that we both struggled a bit physically. The level of tennis was not great,” Murray said. “Obviously I had a chance to close it out in the first set. I had a set point at 6-5, then … three on the tieb-reak and I didn’t get it.”

Suddenly, midway through the second set, Ymer started making mistakes and showing signs of his own physical discomfort, which gave Murray a burst of energy. The Scot won five of the last six games of the second set to seize the momentum.

However, after a set break, the 46-time tournament-level titlist made an unforced forehand error to surrender the break and was never able to get back into the match. Ymer looked completely fresh and despite a hiccup during a 4-0 serve, he extended his victory to a duel with the 15th seed. Aslan Karatsev.

“I think in the second set he looked like he might have had a bit of a cramp, but after the break at the end he recovered perfectly fine. [second] file. He went to change and cool down a bit and recovered well by the third while I didn’t. Yeah, just frustrating,” Murray said. Really hot and humid. I usually enjoy playing in these conditions quite a bit.

“I’ve had a little trouble with it the last two tournaments. I need to look at it a little bit with my team and maybe find out why, make some changes.”

While Murray was unable to advance, the Brit Kyle Edmund did. The 27-year-old claimed his first ATP Tour win in 29 months when he beat the Japanese qualifier. Yosuke Watanuki 6-4, 7-6(8).

Three surgeries on his left knee kept Edmund out for 21 months. Now he will play a compatriot Daniel Evans to advance to the third round in Washington.

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“It’s very rewarding. During the long periods I’ve been out — five months without lifting a racket — I’ve just imagined these events being here,” Edmund said. hear the crowd, play under pressure.

“I didn’t have it easy today. He is a very tricky player and very energetic, but I kept telling myself that I worked too hard not to do it.” [give my all]. I hung in there and finally got my reward.”

American Denis Kudlawho grew up training in nearby College Park, Maryland, rallied around a compatriot Michael Mmohqualifier, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. JJ Wolf was the next American to advance, a 6–2, 6–3 winner against the Japanese qualifier Tara Daniel.

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