Murray back to serious tennis with double bagel

By for on
Andy Murray returned to competitive tennis in Doha today with a routine 6-0 6-0 victory over local wildcard Mousa Zayed. Ranked 2,129th in the world, Zayed was never going to present the Scot with too many problems, and he dropped just seven points in the first set on the way to a 37-minute victory.

Murray will now face either Germany's Florian Mayer or Poland's Michal Przysiezny for a place in the quarter-finals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. After his long injury lay-off, the world number four will no doubt regard the one-sided affair as offering valuable court time with the Australian Open looming on 13 January.

Murray said, "It's good to be back. I will probably go and hit a few balls with my coach now as it was quite windy and there were not a lot of rallies in the match."
Your report sums it all up very nicely Nigel.  If nothing else at least this match gave Andy the feel of being back on court again in tournament conditions.  I bet though that Lendl made him work after that little 'rest'!
December 31, 2013, 02:04 PM
By Aileen

Glad this was a gentle start for Andy - next match will be tougher.  Really hoped it would be an easy start, but was still a little worried despite the ranking difference, shocks have happened, once it started and I was watching it, I relaxed Very Happy
December 31, 2013, 02:20 PM
By eeyorebob

I love it, a nice straightforward report for a nice straightforward match Smile. I've never been so chilled out watching Andy play. I was tempted to offer him a cuppa at the change of ends Smile.

There are stronger challenges ahead, but I think it's so far so good. Andy was moving well, striking the ball well, and he looked fit - in the health sense! Onwards and upwards.
December 31, 2013, 02:47 PM
By teejay1

Nice to see you posting teejay.
December 31, 2013, 08:36 PM
By Apollo

Hope i dont forget the next round match on tomorrow - so far not showing up on the stream list!
December 31, 2013, 08:37 PM
By eeyorebob

Nice to see you posting teejay.

I've been around, you must have just missed my mad mutterings Smile.

Thanks though, it's nice to be noticed Smile.
December 31, 2013, 09:20 PM
By teejay1

Sensible report for a straight forward match.
Ta, Nigel!
January 01, 2014, 02:04 AM
By lashurst

Lol what a demolition.
January 01, 2014, 02:48 AM
By ProdigyEng

I think we should thank Zayed for giving Andy the opportunity for a gentle start to competitive matches
January 01, 2014, 11:32 AM
By benniebone

I hope Zayed wasn't too disheartened by being so badly beaten. Andy looked fit and well and a wee bit annoyed at having no challenge at all in the match. I hope he gets enough practice to be able to compete in this year's Aussie open but if not he will still have the US and Wimbledon to win again. I know we all wish him well
January 09, 2014, 01:22 PM
By angela

Hi Angela! wave  Welcome to MW. Smile  Hopefully Zayed will have learnt a bit from that match because he won't be playing top players too often!
January 09, 2014, 01:42 PM
By Aileen

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