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Murray roars to first singles win after injury

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

By Robert Jones

Former World No.1 Andy Murray claimed his first singles victory since returning from hip surgery with a 6-0 6-1 drubbing of French novice Imran Sibille at the Rafa Nadal Open in Mallorca.

The 32-year-old Scot skipped playing at the US Open, preferring instead to drop down to the ATP Challenger event to continue fine-tuning his game on his return from injury.

It was the first time Murray had played on the second-tier Challenger Tour for 14 years and he needed just 42 minutes to overwhelm Sibille.

Murray, ranked 328th, lost only a smattering of points and was rarely made to stretch by a 17-year-old opponent who was given a coaching lesson by the three-time Grand Slam champion.

Murray resisted the temptation to complete a whitewash, slapping a forehand into the net to hand Sibille a game he will cherish, but closed it out in the following game.

• Former US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori admitted he would have liked longer on court after Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti quit with injury just 47 minutes into yesterday's first-round encounter.

Seventh seed Nishikori raced into a 6-1 4-1 lead before World No.205 Trungelliti was forced to retire due to a back problem.

"It's a little bit sad to see. He's a great player," a consoling Nishikori said.

"For me, I played great tennis from the beginning and I'm happy with the way I played."

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