Andy Murray defeated Ugo Humbert of France in straight sets to advance to the second round of the Moselle Open in Metz, where he will face Vasek Pospisil.
Andy Murray came on strong in the second round of the Moselle Open in Metz, sinking home favourite Ugo Humbert.
The Scot appeared to be on the verge of paying the price for a series of missed break point opportunities before finding his range and dispatching the world No 26 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Murray had taken world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets in the first round of the US Open last month before losing in the last 16 of a Challenger in Rennes last week to Roman Safiullin.
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And his performance against the talented Humbert should give him plenty of confidence that he can conclude another challenging season on a good note.
Murray, a finalist in Metz in 2007, was down a set when Humbert took advantage of his first opportunity with a dazzling stop-volley to break for a 5-4 lead, then served out the set.
Murray rallied from a 3-3 deficit in the second set, capitalising on an increasing number of wayward forehands from his opponent to earn his ninth breakpoint and, like Humbert, serve out the set.
Murray stormed into a double-break lead at the start of the decider, seemingly shaking off any lingering fitness concerns, and silenced the crowd who had booed Humbert to his early lead.
Murray served out to set up a second-round match with Vasek Pospisil after saving two break points at 4-1 and another two games later with a superb backhand pass.
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