Murray beats Zverev in 1st match at BMW Open

MUNICH (AP) Top-seeded Andy Murray began his clay-court season with a routine 6-2, 6-2 victory over qualifier Mischa Zverev to reach the quarterfinals of the BMW Open on Thursday.

Murray saved all of six break points he faced, including three in the final game while serving for the match. He broke serve for a 2-1 lead in the second set and then saved three break points in the next game before holding.

Zverev had little patience needed on clay, while Murray mixed his shots well. Murray took time after his marriage and practiced in Barcelona last week before arriving in Munich with the latest addition to his coaching staff, Jonas Bjorkman.

Murray, who has never won a title on clay, will next face Lukas Rosol. He beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-5, 6-2.

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