Murray roars to first singles win after injury
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."