Murray beats Muller in Monte Carlo

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Andy Murray overcame a slow start to record a 7-5, 7-5 win against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world number one has been away from competitive action since early March, recovering from an elbow injury. His return to match play wasn't smooth sailing, with the Brit understandably rusty in his first match of the season on clay.

Murray's serve was distinctly below par at the start of the match, offering up three double faults and he quickly went down a break. Muller's serve and volley game was working well.

But the Brit improved as the set went on, although he was forced to save two set points at 4-5.

World number 28 Muller then failed to serve out the set and Murray's comeback began, a further break at 6-5 giving him the opening set.

As in the first set, he was broken to open the second set. But he recovered immediately and the set continued on level terms.

The key breakthrough came at 6-5,  Murray carving out a match point with a well-struck backhand, and wrapping up the match as Muller's forehand sailed long.

Murray will play Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third round, who beat Carlos Berlocq earlier today.
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