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Murray beats Tifaoe as Williams and Gauff crash out of first round

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Andy Murray defeated Frances Tiafoe 7-6 3-6 6-1 at the first round of the Western and Southern Open.

'My tennis could have been better. "That was probably the thing I was most happy with and probably the thing I was most apprehensive about going into the match".

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime appeared to be at a loss as his 6-4, 6-1 victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili concluded, with no crowd to cheer or groan when Basilashvili buried a forehand in the net on match point.

Azarenka's 6-2 6-3 win over the 15th seed - helped by 21 winners over 14 unforced errors - marked her first match win in 12 months, and sets up a meeting with either Sloane Stephens or Caroline Garcia.

It was the first day of ATP main-draw action since the men's tour halted in March because of COVID-19.

Greek 13th seed Maria Sakkari defeated U.S. teen Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes.

"He's somebody who definitely wouldn't surprise me if he won the tournament".

"I'm grateful to be able to stay in the "bubble" and continue to prepare with my team here at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center".

On the women's side, 20-year-old 16th seed Dayana Yastremska beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

Tiafoe, ranked 81st, forced the only break point of the first set in the 11th game with a lob victor but Murray dismissed it with a service victor up the middle and held to 6-5 on a second-serve ace. In between, the three-time Grand Slam champion offered his usual mix of hustling and muttering.

On the women's side, Greek 13th seed Maria Sakkari defeated the United States teen Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes. "I think the biggest difference is like I really enjoy myself on the court, which haven't happened in such a long time". "Even though I had some nerves, starting again in different conditions than we are used to, I did the work in the last month and I felt like I had the resources in me to get the win today".

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