Andy Murray’s second stint with Ivan Lendl got off to a winning start as the Scot launched his grass-court season with a win over Nicolas Mahut at Queen’s.
Lendl flew in on Monday and was out practising with Murray yesterday morning as the world number two began preparations with his new coach for Wimbledon in a fortnight’s time.
Mahut is a tricky customer on grass and beat Murray here at the Aegon Championships in 2012, but the British number one was too good this time around, winning 7-6 (10/8) 7-6 (7/1).
“It was tough,” Murray told the BBC on court. “He’s a very accomplished grass-court player and because of the weather we haven’t been able to get on too much to hit. I’m glad to get through.”
Playing after two days of frequent rain, Mahut took two nasty tumbles while at one stage Murray pointedly asked umpire Fergus Murphy, “so as long as the weather is fine, we keep playing no matter how slippy the court is? It’s always the same. It’s always a bit slippy, it’s frustrating for both of us sometimes. We want to play our best tennis but it’s difficult.”