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Last Updated: Monday, 16 October 2006, 19:48 GMT 20:48 UK
Madrid victories for British pair
Andy Murray
The talented Murray has lost in the first round of 10 events this year
British number one Andy Murray made a fine start to his Madrid Masters bid with a win over Ivan Navarro Pastor.

Murray broke his Spanish opponent twice in the opening set and once in the second on his way to a 6-2 6-4 win - he plays third seed Ivan Ljubicic next.

Fellow Briton Tim Henman also advanced thanks to a victory over Spain's Fernando Verdasco.

Henman put in an impressive display to claim a 7-5 6-3 win and set up a meeting with 14th seed David Ferrer.

Henman showed his intentions with a strong service game to open the match but Verdasco showed he was not going to be outshone and neither player came close to a break in the opening eight games.

It's a good start for me and good to continue where I left off in Tokyo

Tim Henman
The Spaniard's first break point came at advantage in the ninth game but Henman's serve forced the left-hander to mis-hit long and the Briton recovered.

The 32-year-old Henman survived another break to take a 6-5 lead and then almost let three set points slip before Verdasco drove long at 30-40.

Boosted by having taken the first set, an early break then put the British number two 2-0 up in the second.

Faced with break point on three occasions in the next game, Henman salvaged the situation each time with powerful serves to extend his lead and from then on never looked back.

Tim Henman
Henman now faces Spanish 14th seed David Ferrer in round two

"I served fantastically well and at the right times," said Henman, who lost in the final of the Japan Open to Roger Federer earlier this month.

"It's a good start for me and good to continue where I left off in Tokyo."

Murray, 19, also looked impressive, breaking in the fourth and eighth games, taking the first set with a delicate lob as he swept through the opening set.

Pastor, ranked 129 in the world, put up sterner resistance in the second but cracked under the pressure when serving to stay in the match.

A cross-court forehand winner gave Murray victory on his second match point, after Pastor had saved the first with a net-cord.

Murray will now face Ljubicic for the second time this year after losing in three sets in the first round of the Zagreb indoor event in January.

"The best part of Ljubicic's game is obviously his serve. He won in Vienna recently having not dropped his serve," Murray said.

"My return is the best part of my game so it should be an interesting match up. If I play well I've got a chance but he's playing really good tennis."

SEE ALSO
Gamewatch: Henman v Verdasco
16 Oct 06 |  Tennis
Gamewatch: Murray v Pastor
16 Oct 06 |  Tennis
Henman receives Madrid wildcard
11 Oct 06 |  Tennis


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