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Andy Murray dropped just one game as he beat 17-year Imran Sibille in Mallorca on Monday

Andy Murray wins first singles match since hip surgery dropping just one game in 42-minute win over novice Imran Sibille at Rafa Nadal Open

  • Andy Murray has won his first singles match since hip resurfacing in January
  • Murray made his first appearance on the Challenger Tour in 14 years on Monday
  • Former world No 1 prevailed 6-0, 6-1 over 17-year-old Imran Sibille in Mallorca
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Andy Murray took just 42 minutes to register his first singles win since his second hip operation on Monday night at the home of a great rival.

A healthy crowd flocked to the main court of Rafael Nadal’s academy in Mallorca to see the 32 year-old Scot defeat 17 year-old French unknown Imran Sibille 6-0, 6-1 in the first round of a Challenger event offering £50,000 in prize money.

It was so comfortable against a player who had not played at this professional level before that Murray almost appeared to give away the one game he lost, after taking the first 11.

Andy Murray dropped just one game as he beat 17-year Imran Sibille in Mallorca on Monday

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Andy Murray dropped just one game as he beat 17-year Imran Sibille in Mallorca on Monday

He has decided to drop down a level to gain more matches, having shelved his doubles partnerships and eschewed the chance to play at the US Open.

It was Murray’s only win this year aside from the first round of the Brisbane International back in early January, and the first since he underwent the surgery which he hopes will permit him to have a few more years playing singles.

The Scot, who expects to return to the ATP Tour in China later this month, should now get a more significant test in the next round when he plays the tournament third seed and world No 115 Norbert Gombos of Slovakia.

Murray made his first appearance on the Challenger Tour in 14 years at the Rafa Nadal Open

Murray made his first appearance on the Challenger Tour in 14 years at the Rafa Nadal Open

Murray made his first appearance on the Challenger Tour in 14 years at the Rafa Nadal Open