Andy Murray is looking to have a "decent run" in the singles at the Winston-Salem Open, where Tomas Berdych opened with a victory.

Former world number one Murray is in North Carolina after accepting a wildcard into the ATP 250 tournament, having opted to skip the upcoming US Open.

Murray lost to Richard Gasquet at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati – the three-time grand slam champion's first singles appearance since January's Australian Open due to hip surgery.

The 32-year-old, who has been playing doubles, will face American Tennys Sandgren in the Winston-Salem Open first round on Monday and he told BBC Sport: "All matches are difficult at this level, and when you've been out for a long time, and with the severity of the operation I had, it is going to take time.

"I'm not setting my expectations too high, but I do want to try and get matches in just now. So I'd like to get through a few matches here, and hopefully have a decent run."

On Sunday, Czech veteran and 2012 runner-up Berdych advanced to the second round thanks to a 6-1 3-6 6-3 win over Andreas Seppi in his first match since Wimbledon.

In the final tune-up event before the US Open gets underway at Flushing Meadows on August 26, Robin Haase defeated Denis Kudla 6-4 7-6 (7-3) and Jaume Munar lost 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-1 to Lloyd Harris.

Marius Copil outlasted Martin Klizan 6-4 3-6 6-3, while Prajnesh Gunneswaran eased past Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-3 6-4.

Gael Monfils maintained his perfect record against Marin Cilic to reach the second round and Daniil Medvedev suffered a shock defeat at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Cilic's return from a knee injury did not go to plan as the mercurial Monfils consigned the third seed to a 6-3 4-6 6-0 defeat, making it four wins out of four against the Croatian.

Monfils, on a high after beating Stan Wawrinka in Rotterdam to claim the eighth ATP title of his career, broke the 2014 US Open champion five times to move into the second round.

Cilic, playing only his second tournament of the year after a fourth-round Australian Open exit, served just the one ace and could only manufacture a solitary break-point opportunity in a rusty performance.

The former world number three was blown away in the second set, the unseeded Monfils not losing a single point on serve as he sealed a meeting with Marcos Baghdatis.

Medvedev has had an impressive season to date, but the eighth seed from Russia went down 6-3 6-3 to qualifier Ricardas Berankis.

The 113-ranked Berankis claimed his first victory since winning a Challenger Tour event in Rennes last month, breaking twice in each set to pull off an upset.

Top seed Kei Nishikori, making his debut in the tournament, eased past Benoit Paire 6-4 6-3, while Stefanos Tsitsipas was made to work for a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory over Matthew Ebden two days after winning his first title of the season in Marseille.

Tomas Berdych came through a three-setter with lucky loser Ilya Ivashka, while Borna Coric, Egor Gerasimov, Denis Kudla and Hubert Hurkacz also advanced.


Stan Wawrinka got back to winnings ways by defeating Benoit Paire in straight sets in the first round of the Rotterdam Open on Monday.

Former world number three Wawrinka, yet to return to his previous heights after serious knee injuries, staved off three set points before clinching a tie-break and he reeled off six games in succession to complete a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 triumph.

The victory represented the Swiss' first since the opening round of the Australian Open, having suffered back-to-back defeats against Milos Raonic – who he could face in the second round in Netherlands – and Marius Copil.

Paire was unable to convert a break point while leading 5-3 in the first set and he passed up two opportunities to serve it out, and Wawrinka made sure to punish him by claiming the tie-break and racing to victory.

"It was difficult to play against a good friend and we played some good shots. Winning the first set was the key and I played with confidence in the second set," said the 2015 champion Wawrinka.

"I feel good in general. I had a good off-season and took the time to get back in shape. I now need matches to build my confidence, but I have to be patient with that. It was a long year to get back physically, but now I'm playing well."

Hyeon Chung was unable to make the most of winning the first set as he fell to a 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 defeat against Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Andreas Seppi also required three sets to see off qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-2, while Mikhail Kukushkin eliminated home hope Robin Haase 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

Marin Cilic will not seal an ATP Finals spot this week after suffering a shock second-round defeat to qualifier Marius Copil at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed his first victory since February to knock Guido Pella out of the European Open while defending champion Damir Dzumhur suffered a first-round exit at the Kremlin Cup.

Mother Nature was the winner at the Cincinnati Masters, where Novak Djokovic's last-16 showdown with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov was postponed due to wet weather.

Former world number one Novak Djokovic and reigning Cincinnati Masters champion Grigor Dimitrov advanced, while Alexander Zverev was bundled out.

Roger Federer made a winning return to action at the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday, as Nick Kyrgios survived an amusing equipment problem and Rogers Cup revelation Stefanos Tsitsipas fell at the first hurdle. 

Home favourite Dominic Thiem fell at the first hurdle as the top four seeds were knocked out in the second round of the Generali Open on Wednesday.

Guido Pella will hope it is third time lucky after reaching the Croatia Open Umag final with victory over Robin Haase on Saturday. 

Robin Haase ended Andrey Rublev's reign at the Croatia Open Umag to move a step closer to his first ATP Tour title since 2012. 

Spanish duo Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer came through tricky opening tests at the Swedish Open on Tuesday.

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