Murray, a three-time Grand Slam victor, reached the finals of the same Washington tournament back in 2006.
Andy Murray secured his first singles victory post-Wimbledon, conquering American contender Brandon Nakashima in a straight-set win at the Citi Open, Washington.
Murray, aged 36, suffered defeat in the second round of Wimbledon against Stefanos Tsitsipas the previous month. However, he bounced back with a solid 7-6 6-4 triumph against Nakashima.
The British tennis ace now sets his sights on the winner of the match between Taylor Fritz and Zachary Svajda for a spot in the top 16.
“I believe I performed well, right from the get-go I was striking the ball well,” he commented.
“I had a bit of a challenge with the return. Brandon has a powerful serve, especially his second one.
“I had trouble finding openings for returns. But I managed to be just a tad more steady than him during the tie-break. He slipped up a few times, I returned enough balls.
“The courts and the balls are notably slow here, which means you have to work extra hard in all games, it’s not a breeze to conclude points. This was a good match to win,” the Scotsman further remarked.
In addition, the UK’s second-ranked player, Dan Evans, also claimed victory, rallying from a set deficit to overcome France’s Gregoire Barrere 2-6 6-0 6-3. However, Liam Brady was defeated by Tallon Griekspoor from the Netherlands 4-6 2-6.
Evans, 33, is set to face Russian contender Alexander Shevchenko in the forthcoming round.
In other news, Chris Eubanks, the Wimbledon dark horse, overpowered Japan’s Sho Shimabukuro 6-3 6-4.
Eubanks, 27, an American player who made it to the quarter-finals in his inaugural Grand Slam appearance before being knocked out by Daniil Medvedev, is now pitted against Australian Jordan Thompson for the last 16 spot.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Citi Open Results
Who won the singles match between Andy Murray and Brandon Nakashima at the Citi Open?
Andy Murray won the singles match against Brandon Nakashima at the Citi Open, with a straight-set victory of 7-6, 6-4.
Who is Andy Murray expected to play against next in the tournament?
Andy Murray is set to face the winner of the match between Taylor Fritz and Zachary Svajda in the next round of the Citi Open.
How did British player Dan Evans perform in the Citi Open?
Dan Evans, the British number two, also secured a win, turning around a set deficit to beat France’s Gregoire Barrere with scores of 2-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Who did Liam Brady lose to in the Citi Open?
Liam Brady lost his match against the Netherlands’ Tallon Griekspoor, with a score of 4-6, 2-6.
How did Chris Eubanks fare in his match against Sho Shimabukuro?
Chris Eubanks, who was a surprise package at Wimbledon, managed to beat Japan’s Sho Shimabukuro in straight sets, scoring 6-3, 6-4.