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Fun back in Murray’s court as he makes winning return

Andy Murray

Winning return: Andy Murray


 

It was just like the old days as Andy Murray wowed the fans by recording his first win at Wimbledon for two years in the men’s doubles.

With Pierre-Hugues Herbert as his partner and roared on by an excited Court One crowd, the Scot turned the clock back to help engineer a comeback victory.

Having lost the opening set 6-4 to Marius Copil of Romania and France’s Ugo Humbert, the untried pairing fought back superbly to win the next three sets 6-1 6-4 6-0.

The 32-year-old feared he may never play competitive tennis again after undergoing hip surgery at the start of the year but has shown remarkable resilience in his battle to return to the court.

In the wake of his victorious return to the All-England Club, Murray admitted he was back enjoying his tennis again. “It’s what I have enjoyed doing since I was a kid. At times over the last few years, I was not getting any enjoyment out of it,” he said.

“The fun is back. Hopefully my hip will feel good for a while. My back gets a bit stiff playing doubles. It’s just quite different movements on the grass.

“You’re in a crouched-over position a lot when you’re up at the net, which is different to when I’ve been used to playing singles. In general, it’s more just like a bit of stiffness, a bit of soreness than pain really. But I won’t have anything in my hip. Why should I? It’s metal. There’s nothing to hurt there any more, which is good.”

The untried pairing of Murray and Herbert will next play Croatian sixth seeds Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor and the Scot added: “That’s the one thing that’s nice about the five-set doubles format, you have time to work things out.

“I was a little bit nervous at the start but we got better as the match wore on.

“It was great to get the win and a nice atmosphere.”

Murray will be hoping to maintain the feel-good factor when he opens his mixed doubles challenge with Serena Williams later today.



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