Published Sept. 21, 2023 2:12 p.m. ET
Andy Murray, of Great Britain, right, shakes hands with Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, after losing to Dimitrov during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, in New York. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)
ZHUHAI, CHINA — Returning to China for the first time in four years, Andy Murray won his first-round match at the Zhuhai Championships on Thursday, beating local wild card Mo Ye Cong 7-5, 6-3.
Murray, bidding for his fifth tour title in China and the first there since the Beijing Open in 2016, edged a tight first-set by breaking in the 12th game. The seventh-seeded Brit then overpowered his 23-year-old opponent in the second set to take the match in 1 hour and 42 minutes.