Murray makes successful return with doubles win

Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez beat top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-6(5) 6-3 in the first round at the Queen's Club championships on Thursday

Andy Murray has returned to action at Queen's Tennis championships after six-months following his recovery from a career-threatening hip injury.   -  Getty Images

Britain's Andy Murray made a successful return to action after six months out following hip surgery as he partnered Feliciano Lopez to a 7-6(5) 6-3 first round doubles win over Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah at the Queen's Club championships on Thursday.

The 32-year-old, five-time singles winner at Queen's, delighted a large evening centre court crowd with some fluent shot-making as he and Spanish veteran Lopez beat the top-seeded pair to enter the second round.

Murray, who missed most of 2018 with a hip injury, last played at the Australian Open in January when it appeared his career might be over following an emotional second-round defeat by Roberto Bautista Agut.

The two-time Wimbledon champion underwent hip-resurfacing surgery shortly after that but has been coy about his chances of making a return to the singles court.

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Murray entertained the crowd at Queen's with some delightful backhand shots as he and his partner Feliciano Lopez moved to the doubles second round.   -  Getty Images

 

While not too much can be read into Thursday's doubles win, Murray certainly appeared to be moving without the trademark limp that was present when he played his last singles match at Wimbledon two years ago -- a loss to Sam Querrey.

He had the crowd roaring their approval, producing two crunching forehand winners to secure a vital break of serve in the second set and a superb backhand overhead volley in the last game as he and Lopez closed in on victory over the Colombians who will rue such a demanding draw.

"It was brilliant. I enjoyed it a lot. I was a little bit slow at the beginning but got better as the match went on," former world number one Murray said.

"I'm very fortunate to be back playing tennis again. I love playing on this court, it's a brilliant place to play tennis.

"I felt quite relaxed in the build-up today but I started to feel a bit nervous walking to the court. You want the nerves and the butterflies in the stomach and I had that today."