Murray the Master in Miami as British No 1 dumps Falla to reach round three
16:59 GMT, 23 March 2012
Andy Murray bounced back from his Indian Wells disappointment with a comfortable straight-sets victory against Alejandro Falla in the second round of the Miami Masters.
The world No 4, who had a first-round bye, forced five breaks of serve against the left-handed Colombian and eased to a 6-2, 6-3 win in one hour and 16 minutes.
A victory at this event was long overdue for Murray after he suffered straight-sets losses at the first hurdle against Mardy Fish in 2010 and the unheralded Alex Bogomolov Jr last year.
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And his mindset coming into the tournament would not have been helped by his surprise second-round defeat by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at Indian Wells on March 11.
However, the presence of coach Ivan Lendl this week has boosted the Scot following his Indian Wells exit, and the 24-year-old was quickly into his stride against the world No 71.
After holding his opening service game Murray forced an instant break of serve to take a 2-0 lead.
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Although Falla hit back in the next, getting back on serve with a break of his own, his respite was brief as Murray broke again to move ahead 4-2 before a third break wrapped up the opening set.
Murray continued to look in good touch at the start of the second set, moving a break up early on to establish a 3-0 lead.
However, as before Falla found a way to get back on level terms as he broke the Scot for a second time to trail 3-4.
Again, though, Murray's response was swift and decisive, breaking to love in the next to leave himself serving for the match, which duly did to set up a third-round clash against either Canadian 26th-seed Milos Raonic or French qualifier Arnaud Clement.