Andy Murray displays on Nick Kyrgios’ last-minute Winston-Salem withdrawal

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray admitted even he wasn’t certain what would occur after six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios pulled out of their Winston-Salem first spherical conflict. Murray had been drawn to face Kyrgios in his Winston-Salem opener however the Australian pulled out of the occasion simply minutes earlier than the beginning of their match.

After the Kyrgios withdrawal, Murray wasn’t certain what would occur subsequent. Ultimately, Murray ended up taking up fortunate loser Noah Rubin. “Initially I used to be enjoying Nick and he had an damage to his knee so wasn’t going to play.

I didn’t know if I used to be going to play tonight. They mentioned if I used to be enjoying towards a qualifier then I wouldn’t play after which I drew a fortunate loser… so then I used to be enjoying Noah… It was tough,” Murray mentioned in his on-court interview, per the ATP web site.

“It was clearly troublesome for 45 minutes after which the primary couple of video games since you’ve gone over a method together with your coach concerning the match you’re going to play after which clearly that adjustments. “..

Twenty minutes earlier than you go on court docket you’re enjoying somebody you haven’t performed towards”.

Murray dominated Rubin

Round 25 minutes earlier than the Kyrgios withdrawal, Rubin misplaced to Lucas Pouille within the Winston-Salem qualifying last spherical.

Rubin ran out of fuel and he stood no likelihood towards three-time Grand Slam champion Murray. Murray, now ranked at No. 114 on the earth, demolished Rubin 6-2 6-0. “It’s a bit tough however clearly after the primary few video games I began to get a bit extra snug after which in the direction of then finish he was struggling a bit,” Murray mentioned of the 58-minute win.

“Sadly I do know he’s from right here and that’s nice. It was a pleasant environment to play in and every part however my job is to attempt to win the match”.

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