Scottish tennis star Andy Murray beats Japanese Taro Daniel at Qatar Open
Andy Murray defeated Taro Daniel in straight sets to reach the last 16 of the Qatar Open.
Murray, who won 6-2 6-2, will now face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut [source: Getty]
Scottish tennis star Andy Murray exacted revenge on Japan’s Taro Daniel with a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the first round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday.
The Japanese player knocked out the former Scottish world No. 1 in straight sets at the Australian Open in January.
“He played very well in Australia, he had a very good run there and he was too good for me there,” Murray said after his win on Tuesday.
“I tried to be the one who dictated from the first point, and I thought I did well. It was one of the best games I’ve played in recent months.”
Murray broke Daniel twice in the first set.
Daniel broke in the first game of the second set, but Murray broke immediately. He broke again two games later and in Game 8 to take the win in an hour and 20 minutes.
Murray, 34, won the Qatar title twice: in 2008 and 2009.
“Obviously the results from 12 years ago will not affect the results this week,” he said.
“But what that tells me is that the conditions here are good for my game, so if I can play at a good level the courts are going to suit me here and I will make it difficult for everyone I play against. .”
Murray will face second seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round.
Murray has won three of his four meetings with Bautista Agut, but all those wins came before 2016 and the Spaniard won his last meeting in 2019.