Andy and Mauresmo off to a winning start at Queens
Andy got his partnership with new coach Amelie Mauresmo off to a winning start against France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu at Queen’s Club. The Brit who is trying to win his fourth Queens title, won 6-4 6-4 to reach the last eight.
The British number one has now won his last 19 matches on grass, stretching back to the 2012 Wimbledon final. He will play Radek Stepanek, who beat Bernard Tomic 7-6 7-6, in round three on Tuesday.
All eyes had been on practice court three earlier in the day, when Murray had a 45-minute session under the watchful eye of Mauresmo. The Frenchwoman, 34, arrived in London on Tuesday, two days after Murray had announced they were to work together for the grass-court season initially. She took her place alongside Andy’s regular team to see the world number five make an encouraging start to his campaign on grass.
On a hot afternoon, the Scot faced just one break point as he came through in one hour and 26 minutes. Murray looked more sure-footed than the Frenchman from the start, recovering from 40-0 down to get the decisive break of the first set in the opening game.
There was a brief moment of alarm when the third seed took a tumble chasing down a drop shot early in the second but he brushed himself down, setting up the crucial break in game seven with a backhand down the line.
Murray saw off a late fightback from Mathieu, and two break points, before clinching victory on his third match point with another of those trademark backhand winners.
Asked what his new coach might think of the performance, Murray told BBC Sport: “I’ll go and speak to her and see what she thinks.
“It was a good start, I served pretty well. Both of us moved well, there were some good rallies and it was a good start to the grass-court season.”