Having failed to win at the season beginning tournament Open Sud De France, the three-time Grand Slam champion locked horns with World No.193 in his second tour-level match of the year in Rotterdam Ahoy.
Andy Murray had no easy task to meet Robin Hasse on his home court, but the current World No.123 powered past Dutch after two hours and 29 minutes marathon rallies. And the Scot registered his first ATP tour-level victory since the US Open 2020, where he ousted Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in the five-setter.
“I Have Respect For Andy”, says Robin Hasse
The 33-years-old Hasse gave Murray many struggles since the start of the match, but the two-time Wimbledon champion stunned his opponent after hitting 33 winners, including six aces on the indoor hardcourt.
“It is a pity that I was not able to finish it in two sets. Murray remains a player who is never beaten until the final point. I have respect for Andy because I know how hard it is to come back from an injury,” Hasse said after a tight match against 46 tour-level titleholder.
“My Tennis Definitely Needs To Improve”: Andy Murray
After bested a new record holder opponent Hasse, who made his 13th appearance at a local ATP Tour 500 event, the 2009 Rotterdam Open title winner clenched his fist and shouted, “Come on.”
“I didn’t feel the ball right. I kept fighting, and this is really a mental victory. My tennis definitely needs to improve. Fortunately, I have a day off to recover from this tough match and prepare for the second round,” said Andy Murray, trying to get back to form after undergoing two hip surgeries.
Before advancing to the next round, Murray needs to overcome neither No. 4 seed Andrey Rublev or American qualifier Marcos Giron.