Andy Murray makes a winning return in his first game in seven months

Back with a bang! Andy Murray enjoys winning return in his first match since November as he beats Liam Broady in straight sets at Battle of the Brits tournament in Roehampton

  • Andy Murray returned to action for the first time in seven months on Tuesday 
  • He took on fellow British player Liam Broady at the Battle of the Brits in London
  • Murray won the first set 6-2, and then went on to win the second set 6-2 as well 

Amid the surreal environment of a steaming hot indoor court on a sultry summer night Andy Murray made a victorious return to action.

There was little normal about the bio-secured setting but the result followed an expected pattern as he battled to defeat Stockport’s Liam Broady 6-2 6-2 in the opening group match at the ‘Battle of the Brits’.

The court at Roehampton’s National Tennis Centre had no fans and no ballkids, draped off as if it was an operating theatre. 

Andy Murray returned to action for the first time since November in the Battle of the Brits

Murray beat fellow British player Liam Broady in straight sets at the tournament in London

The former world No 1 was highly-motivated to beat Broady for bragging rights between them

Picking up his own balls, Murray gradually asserted control in a fairly scrappy encounter to defeat the world No 211 in what was his first match since the Davis Cup finals last November.

Murray’s all-important movement looked a little rusty but his trademark defence was solid enough in seeing off any challenge in his first round robin encounter. On Wednesday he goes again, with what is likely to be a stiff test against the power of higher-ranked Kyle Edmund. 

‘What I’m doing now is working, but I am not playing great,’ said Murray after decisively breaking for 2-1 in the second set, during a changeover that is one of the innovations at this event.

Murray broke serve in the very first game and gave an interview during the changeover

 Murray wasn’t particularly happy with the way he played, but said he served pretty well

It was not always elegant, but that was predictable enough after a long break for both players. Broady made his share of mistakes to help the Murray cause.

‘I played okay, I made some errors but I thought I served pretty well,’ said Murray later. ‘My movement was okay but the court is quite tight. I felt a bit rushed sometimes but it was alright for a first match in seven months.’

Earlier there had been convincing straight-set wins for Edmund and Dan Evans over James Ward and Jay Clarke respectively. Highly-promising teenager Jack Draper was forced to withdraw due to a stomach strain, and was replaced by Ryan Peniston. 

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