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'No pain': Andy Murray wins doubles at Queen's Club on return from injury

Andy Murray (right) and Feliciano Lopez (left) celebrate victory in the Men's Doubles final with the trophy during day seven of the Fever-Tree Championship at the Queen's Club, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 23, 2019. See PA story TENNIS Queens. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior permission.
Andy Murray (right) and Feliciano Lopez (left) celebrate victory in the Men's Doubles final with the trophy during day seven of the Fever-Tree Championship at the Queen's Club, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 23, 2019. See PA story TENNIS Queens. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior permission.
Britain's Andy Murray reacts to their win at match-point as he plays with Spain's Feliciano Lopez against US player Rajeev Ram and Britain's Joe Salisbury during their men's doubles final tennis match at the ATP Fever-Tree Championships tournament at Queen's Club in west London on June 23, 2019. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Andy Murray of Great Britain and partner Feliciano Lopez of Spain celebrate victory with the trophy in the mens doubles final against Rajeev Ram of The United States and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain during day seven of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club on June 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Andy Murray of Great Britain and partner Feliciano Lopez of Spain celebrate victory with the trophy in the mens doubles final against Rajeev Ram of The United States and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain during day seven of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club on June 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Andy Murray of Great Britain partner of Feliciano Lopez of Spain celebrates match point in the mens doubles final against Rajeev Ram of The United States and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain during day seven of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club on June 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Andy Murray completed a remarkable winning return to action with victory in the doubles at Queen's Club alongside Feliciano Lopez.

The Scot, who was close to retiring five months ago due to the hip injury which left him struggling to walk without pain, let alone play tennis, strolled off with the silverware at his first attempt back.

After the final, Murray confirmed he had 'no pain' in his hip and is now looking forward to play doubles and mixed doubles at Eastbourne as well as Wimbledon.

Murray and Lopez - the latter 'fresh' from winning the singles title less than an hour earlier - beat Britain's Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram of the United States 7-6 (6) 5-7 10-5 after a third-set match tie-break.

Murray had insisted after their first-round victory that winning was not his number one priority this week. After all, it was only five months ago that the former world number one tearfully announced that the Australian Open could be his last tournament.

This, then, was supposed to be a tentative comeback, testing out the new metal hip after a career-saving operation and getting a few games under his belt, with a view to gradually building up to a return to singles. But the three-time grand slam champion clearly has not lost the appetite for a battle.

The fledgling partnership were 5-1 down in a first-set tie-break but fought back to level, and took it when Ram pushed a forehand wide.

The second set went the way of Salisbury and Ram after Murray dropped serve, and like so many matches during Murray's career, it went to the wire.

Lopez, who must have been running on empty, somehow conjured up a series of stunning winners in the match tie-break to secure his own personal double and an unlikely, but welcome, victory for Murray.

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