Andy Murray began his title defence at the AEGON Championships at Queen’s with a straight-sets victory over Spain’s Ivan Navarro.
After being handed a first-round bye, the Scot was forced to dig deep as he began his campaign in the second round, posting a 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 victory to set up a meeting with Mardy Fish or Santiago Giraldo in the third round.
The Spaniard managed to push Murray all the way in a thrilling opening set that eventually went to a tie-break. Murray was unable to gain control of the set with Navarro’s serve-and-volley tactic unsettling the champion.
The world number four looked to be heading for an easy tie-break win when he raced into a 4-1 lead but Navarro’s never-say-die attitude brought him right back into contention.
But Murray held Navarro at bay to take the first set 7-6 and broke the Spaniard’s serve early in the second for the first time in the match.
It proved to be the difference as Murray went on to close out the match.