No it was more Murray finding his range I think. Murray was missing neutral forehands by several feet in the first set. It was a really awful start. Like he didn't warm up/ the rust from not playing since the AO.
Anyways at least he avoided the 3peat. That's all I was hoping for IW.
I have no idea why people are ragging on Murray like he can't play tennis these days
excluding a 5-1 start, Donskoy won 6 games in over 2 sets of tennis.. last 2 sets were 6-2 6-2 easy enough. Murray had a bunch of break points in the 1st set, just didn't convert.. and furthermore Donskoy is not just some challenger player, he is talented and up and coming, he rallies well, and he hangs in there with the big guys but then seizes up in key moments and gets tired out (just like he did here) especially with his serve.
Murray almost always coasts through these early rounds, he hadn't played in 6 weeks, and thus wanted to start off by feeding Donskoy some balls and getting his feet wet a bit. After dropping that set though, just after almost breaking Donskoy, he righted the ship and figured it out, finishing the match off.. I really can't complain.