Andy Murray wins on return to ATP Tour action at Western & Southern Open

Andy Murray battled his way to a hard-fought win over Frances Tiafoe on his first ATP Tour appearance since November.

Murray, competing in his 100th Masters 1000 event at the Western & Southern Open, overcame American wildcard Tiafoe 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-1.

The New York tournament is serving as a warm-up event for players ahead of the US Open, which begins on August 31.

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Murray had a sound work-out after being hit by hip problems before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport.

The first set went with serve and the three-time grand slam winner had to save a break point in the 11th game.

Tiafoe was then on top in the tie-break, leading 5-2 before Murray fought back to level.

Murray saved a set-point at 5-6 and won the next two points to strike an advantage.

The second set followed a similar tight pattern until Tiafoe broke to make it 5-3 and served out to level the match.

But it proved a false dawn for the American as Murray called on all his renowned resilience.

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