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Five-time Queen’s Club winner Andy Murray made a brilliant start to his championship campaign against Frenchman Benoit Paire with a straight-set victory in his first competitive singles match since March; records his first Queen’s singles victory in five years

Last update: 06/15/21 5:29 PM

Andy Murray made a winning start to his Queen’s Club campaign with an impressive performance against Frenchman Benoit Paire

Andy Murray made a stunning winning start in his first singles outing since March as the former world No.1 defeated Benoit Paire at the Queen’s Club on Tuesday.

With Wimbledon just around the corner, Murray’s tennis appears to be in good shape as the three-time Grand Slam winner made a successful comeback in his first turf singles outing in three years by beating French pair 6- 3 6-2.

Murray has struggled to return to his old level since undergoing hip resurfacing in January 2019 with insignificant injuries limiting his tournament time.

Andy Murray makes a superb start to the campaign at Queen’s Club with victory over Benoit Paire |  Tennis News

Murray got very emotional during his interview on the pitch

He missed this year’s Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19 and hasn’t played a game since March after suffering a groin injury in his sleep, then decided to skip the clay season to prepare for the British summer.

The Scot had raised concerns about his fitness ahead of the game, but the victory at the scene of five of his ATP titles was another positive step forward.

Murray might not have been able to choose a more accommodating opponent in Paire, who had only won two of their previous 17 games this year, for their last provisional return.

The 34-year-old, currently ranked 123rd in the world, took 65 minutes to send the Frenchman and set up a meeting against the seed. Matteo Berrettini.

Berrettini emerged victorious from his Queen’s Club debut against fellow Italian Stefano Travaglia.

The world No.9 recovered from a straight-set break, winning two tie-breaks for a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) victory.

Andy Murray makes a superb start to the campaign at Queen’s Club with victory over Benoit Paire |  Tennis News

Dan Evans recorded his first Queen’s Club win since 2014

Dan Evans swept the second round with a straight set victory over young Aussie Alexei Popyrin.

Evans, at a career-high 25 in the world and sixth seed, won a very tight first set thanks to a 5-4 break.

An early break in the second kept the 31-year-old in control and he won a comfortable 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 25 minutes.

The UK No.1 said: “It was great to be back, great atmosphere and great to be back in front of a really nice crowd. Not full, but we’re getting there.”

Evans, who has world number 1 Novak Djokovic among his scalps this year, added: “It gave me a lot of confidence, but you still have to go out and win the games.

“I was a little nervous, to be honest, but I’m happy to be doing this and hope to win a few more this week.”

It was a first win for Evans at Queen’s since 2014 and set up a meeting with Adrien mannarino of France in the second round.

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