Andy Murray produced secured his first win in competitive play when he defeated Stan Wawrinka at the Nature Valley International to move into the second round at Eastbourne.
When you haven’t played for the best part of a year and you face someone like Stan, it is tough. But obviously I am delighted to get the win. Hopefully I'm back on the tour competing now, and I want to enjoy every single win, but I also don't want to get too carried away with one or two matches. Andy Murray
The former British No.1 who had not played since Wimbledon last year, made his first public appearance in a tournament last week at Queen’s where he lost in three sets to Nick Kyrgios in a well contested match. There were no signs then, that his hip, following his operation, was restricting him then though he did look fatigued towards the end.
His movement in Eastbourne was also good as he swept past the Swiss star 6-1 6-3 bearing in mind that Wawrinka was also recovering from surgery to his knees!
Now Murray will face a bigger test and one which will provide a better picture as to his physical state when he faces the man who replaced him as the top Briton, Kyle Edmund ranked 18, on Wednesday.
On the positive front, his tennis skills, court tactics and motivation are still very evident as he tries to make a decision as to whether he should compete at Wimbledon next week where his body will have to endure the pressure of best-of-five set matches.
“I’m very happy to get the win,” Murray after securing his win. “I thought the first set I played well, but the second set was patchy and I was a bit nervous.
“When you haven’t played for the best part of a year and you face someone like Stan, it is tough. But obviously I am delighted to get the win.
“Hopefully I’m back on the tour competing now, and I want to enjoy every single win, but I also don’t want to get too carried away with one or two matches.”
And his meeting with Edmund?
“Kyle is a great player who is improving all the time. He is getting close to the top of the game which is a credit to him and his team. I am expecting a tough match and will try to play my best.
“I’m sure he’ll go into the match feeling very confident. And for me it’s another step in my recovery from the injury that I have had. It’s a really good test for me.”
Elsewhere, Britain’s Jay Clarke beat Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-1, 2015 champion Denis Istomin beat 2011 champion Andreas Seppi, and No.6 seed David Ferrer beat Matteo Berrettini 7-5 6-3.