Andy Murray delights the crowd in brilliant doubles victory with Feliciano Lopez as they defeat top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal in straight sets at Queen’s Club
- Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez secured victory in their round clash at Queen’s
- The doubles pair beat top seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal 6-7 3-6
- Murray was making his competitive return after six months away from the game
- The Scot was in fine form and delighted 9,000 fans on court at Queen’s Club
When you are coming back to competitive tennis after 157 days of pain and rehab, what you need is a little bit of luck.
And Andy Murray got it, three net cords going the way of the Scot and his Spanish doubles partner Feliciano Lopez in the first set tiebreak as they beat No 1 seeds Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal 7-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships.
Surely no one – with the possible exception of their Colombian opponents – would begrudge Murray those slices of good fortune.
Andy Murray was victorious on his competitive return to tennis with Feliciano Lopez
Murray spent six months away from tennis after struggling with a long-term hip problem
His last appearance was at the Australian Open when he revealed he was in intense pain
Murray had hip surgery in January – primarily to improve his quality of life – but he has been delighted with the results and is attempting a comeback, initially on the doubles court.
And the signs were good here as he and Lopez took out – by ranking – the best doubles pair in the world.
Murray moved smoothly and volleyed brilliantly. His return took a while to get going but when he really needed it he produced two blistering forehand returns in a row to break for 4-2 in the second set.
They held twice to take the match and the Murray comeback was up and running.
He had a second hip operation and the 32-year-old has since described it as ‘life changing’
Murray and Lopez faced a tough task against the top doubles seeds at Queen’s Club
Murray and Lopez took the first set on a tie break before breaking serve in the second set