Andy Murray beat Benoit Paire 6-3 and 6-2, in one hour and five minutes of play, and advanced to the second round of the Queen’s ATP 500, a tournament that he won five times (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016).
Thanks to the invitation received by the organization, the 34-year-old Scotsman and currently number 124 in the world ranking, began his 14th participation with a firm footing in the competition, in which he did not pass the first instance since 2016 (in 2017 he fell to Jordan Thompson , in 2018 against Nick Kyrgios and in 2019 he did not play it). In addition, one of the members of the Big 4 returned to play a match on grass after three years.
Murray stretched his favorable record against Paire, whom he beat in the three opportunities in which he faced him: previously he had done it in three sets at Monte-Carlo 2016 and at Wimbledon 2017.
Despite the victory, 2021 has not been the best year for the Scotsman, Olympic champion in London 2012 and Rio 2016, because he only played three tournaments: a Challenger (final in Biella, Italy) and two ATP (1R in Montpellier and 2R in Rotterdam). Now he will face the Italian Matteo Berrettini, 25 years old and located in ninth place on the circuit, who defeated his compatriot Stefano Travaglia 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (5).