The British player had some solid outings indoors last year, so it's not a huge surprise for fans to expect more good performances from him this year. This was a really good start all things considered, but it was also somewhat complicated.
The opponent was Yannick Hanfmann, who is a solid player and played really well at times. It was a slow match in ways because both players had trouble cruising through their early service games.
The score after 26 minutes of play was 2-1 for Murray and 3-2 after 44 minutes of play. Eventually, the Brit did take the 5-2 lead but couldn't finish it off as Hanfmann kept himself in the match.
Eventually, Murray found a way to win the opening set, which lasted an incredible 84 minutes. The score was 7-5, with the Brit blasting 15 winners in those 12 games. The second set was quicker for Murray as both players opted for a more faster pace of play.
Murray was still on top because his constancy from the baseline was the crucial thing. Hanfmann played amazing at times but he simply couldn't focus enough throughout the match which gave Murray chances that he took advantage of.
The German actually outhit Murray in the match comfortably, but those few games where he played poor tennis really cost him. The final score was 7-5 6-4 for the Brit in a match that lasted well over two hours, which was kind of expected.
Murray was pretty solid with 7 aces and 21 winners overall, but he'll need to be a bit better in the next round because he might be facing an in-form Sebastian Korda. Still, a good start from Murray, who hasn't looked that great lately.