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Murray a winner in first round at Madrid Masters

10/16/2006 - Tennis

MADRID, Spain -- British duo Andy Murray and Tim
Henman booked their places in the second round of the Madrid
Masters on Monday, while
former French Open champions Carlos Moya and Gaston Gaudio both
lost.

The 19-year-old Murray chalked up a
comfortable 6-2, 6-4 victory over qualifier Ivan Navarro Pastor,
while 32-year-old Henman rolled back the years with an
impressive 7-5, 6-3 victory over another Spaniard Fernando
Verdasco.

Henman upped
the pressure in the 12th to break serve and take the set. He
broke again early in the second and played some fluent tennis as
he rattled off an easy victory.

Henman, who lost to Roger Federer in the final of the Japan
Open earlier this month, will now meet 14th-seeded Spaniard
David Ferrer.

"I served fantastically well and at the right times," said a
satisfied Henman. "It's a good start for me and good to continue
where I left off on Tokyo."

Murray, who has stumbled out at the first hurdle in 10
tournaments this year, made no mistake on his debut appearance
in Madrid.

He broke serve in the fourth and eighth games, taking the
first set with a delicate lob. He was pushed harder in the
second but stepped up a gear at 4-4 and won the match with a
classy cross court shot.

Murray, who reached the semifinals of the Toronto Masters
in August, will now meet last year's losing finalist Ivan
Ljubicic in the second round.

Gaudio took the first set from Nicolas Massu, but after he lost
the second he retired with a stomach injury. Massu will now face
top-ranked Roger Federer on Tuesday.

Former No. 1 Moya fell to Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-3,
6-2.

Ljubicic, seeded three in Madrid, won his third title of
the season with a straight sets victory over Chile's Fernando
Gonzalez at the Vienna Open at the weekend.

"The best part of his [Ljubicic's] game is obviously his
serve. He won in Vienna having not lost a serve," Murray said
after the match.

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

Mardy Fish of the U.S. had to battle from a set down to see
off Belgium's Xavier Malisse 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 and earn himself a
second round match against defending champion Rafael Nadal.

Massu, who lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero in
the 2003 final, came from a set down to draw even at a set
apiece Gaudio, but won
through after the Argentine retired with stomach problems.

Massu faces a daunting second round clash against top seed
and world No. 1 Federer, who is bidding to win his 10th
title of the season in Madrid.

"Playing against the best player in the world and on a court
which has great memories for me is a great motivation," said the
Chilean. "I think I've got a chance."

Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.