Match point from Murray's first-round win over McDonald at the Citi Open:
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Wednesday's Tennis Channel Match of the Day features Great Britain's two best men's players—if not in current ranking than by past achievements—as Andy Murray takes on Kyle Edmund in the second round of the Citi Open.
Murray, the three-time Grand Slam champion whose extended injury absence sees him ranked No. 832, faced American Mackenzie McDonald in his opening-round match. The former world No. 1 had plenty of trouble putting him away, winning 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 on his seventh match point. It was just Murray's fourth match of the season, after returning from hip surgery, and his first hard-court match in 16 months.
If Murray is going to beat Edmund on Wednesday then he will need to find a way to win big points—the 2018 Australian Open semifinalist won't afford his compatriot so many chances. Having sat out with an injury for so long, that is one thing that might take Murray some time to figure out. No amount of practice can prepare somebody for the pressure of a real match, even someone as experienced as Murray.
Edmund had a bye in the opening-round of this tournament, which is one of the perks of being the fourth-seeded player. The world No. 18 played some good tennis in his most recent event, losing in a tight four-set match against eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the round of 32 at Wimbledon. Prior to that loss, the 23-year-old had won his first two matches in straight sets.
Murray has the advantage over Edmund in their head-to-head history, but Edmund got the better of Murray when the two met at Nottingham this year. He won that match 6-4, 6-4, and he will also have a serious leg up when the two meet here.
Edmund might not necessarily be the better of the two players when playing at 100-percent health, but Murray has a long way to go on his road back from a brutal hip injury. With Edmund healthy, he has to be feeling good about his chances.
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