Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Murray Wins Doubles Match in Return to Tennis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Murray Wins Doubles Match in Return to Tennis

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Murray wins doubles match in return to tennisThat familiar fist pump. That indomitable spirit. It was as if Andy Murray had never been away.

The three-time Grand Slam champion enjoyed a winning return to competitive tennis Thursday after five months away from the sport, combining with Feliciano Lopez to beat top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in doubles at the Queen's Club in London.

Murray was taking the first steps of his tentative comeback from what he hopes was career-saving hip surgery 143 days ago. It was even longer ago that he was breaking down in tears at the Australian Open in January, saying he was planning to retire after Wimbledon because of the severe pain he felt on a daily basis.

Yet Murray moved well, served well and, crucially, stayed pain-free throughout the 7-6 (5), 6-3 win in front of an excitable crowd on Center Court at the grass-court event.

"It was brilliant, I enjoyed it a lot," the former top-ranked Murray said. "I was a bit slow at the beginning but got better as the match went along. I'm really fortunate to be playing tennis again.

Earlier in the singles, defending champion Marin Cilic, former winner Grigor Dimitrov and 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson all lost.

Cilic and Anderson were knocked out in the second round, while Dimitrov didn't make it past the first round having waited four days to play his opening match.

Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas played two matches in one day as the rain-hit event tried to catch up, and he won both against Kyle Edmund and then Jeremy Chardy. He came from behind to beat Chardy 4-6, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (4).

Outspoken Australian player Nick Kyrgios swore at officials and accused them of "rigging" his first-round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, which he won 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Kyrgios lost his second-round match a few hours later, though, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 7-5 to Auger-Aliassime. …

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