Andy Murray got off to a good start at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by defeating long time rival Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Murray jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set before closing it out 6-3 and it looked like it would be a short day for the home crowd favorite. But Del Potro started to cut down his errors and got his big forehand going helping him to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the second.
Del Potro effectively used his forehand, especially crosscourt, to force Murray into deeper defensive positions. Del Potro sealed up the second set 6-3 with another crosscourt forehand and it looked like the big man was ready to take the match.
But Murray dug his heels in early in the third and broke Del Potro to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Murray’s first serve became his most lethal weapon as he did not drop a point when he hit a first serve in. Del Potro missed two forehands long and his chance to break back at 4-2 down and that was pretty much it as he dropped serve to lose the third set 2-6.