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Murray gets back on track

Murray gets back on track

Andy Murray was back in action five weeks after he was tumbled out of the Australian Open without reaching the second week. He later discovered via his mother-in-law, Leonore Sears, that he was suffering from shingles!

We were having dinner and I said 'this is really irritating me' and she was like 'pull your pants down and show me, it might be shingles'

Andy Murray was back in action five weeks after he was tumbled out of the Australian Open without reaching the second week. He later discovered via his mother-in-law, Leonore Sears, that he was suffering from shingles!

The world number one has now fully recovered from that and enjoyed his first outing at the Dubai Tennis Championships with a positive win over Malek Jaziri.

Speaking after his straight sets victory, Murray revealed he was told by his mother-in-law at the dinner table, to pull his trousers down for her to have a look at rash he was complaining of a rash.

"I had a little bit of a rash from my bum round to my stomach,Š— Murray expalined. "It wasn’t terrible. Normally if you have a little bit of a rash and you scratch it, it feels better. With that it was really, really painful.

"I didn’t think much of it at the beginning, but it was actually my wife’s mum (who diagnosed it).

"We were having dinner and I said ‘this is really irritating me’ and she was like ‘pull your pants down and show me, it might be shingles’ and I was like ‘okay’. And then the next day I got the doctor and she was right."

In his match with Jaziri, he was troubled somewhat in the first set but eventually imposed his will on his Tunisian opponent, world ranked 51, to run out after 80-minutes, a comfortable 6-4 6-1 winner.

"I was a little bit uneasy, I’ve never hit with him or played against him before," Murray said after his win. "It took a little bit of time to get used to his game. But I played better as the match went on. I don’t feel sore anywhere, really. I felt like I moved good and the body felt good."

In round two Murray will face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez who me hasnŠ—Èt played since 2012, when he lost in Indian Wells.

Earlier Dan Evans had also strolled into round two dropping just five games as he eased past GermanyŠ—Ès Dustin Brown, world ranked 81, to set up a meeting with Gael Monfils.

He won 6-2 6-3 in just 51-minutes but will no doubt find his next opponent a bit more troublesome.


A delighted Damir Dzumhur produces a major upset

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Meanwhile the biggest upset was produced by the 77th ranked outsider from Bosnia-Herzegovina , Damir Dzumhur who ousted the defending champion, the world number three and second seed, Stan Wawrinka, 7-6(4) 6-3.

Wawrinka, who within eight minutes was leading 3-0, was just unable to contain the fierce forehand and accurate backhands which Dzumhur unleashed after recovering from a poor and nervy start.

"I started well but it was tough because I was missing a little bit of something. In practice it was starting to be OK the last few days, but today I was missing something

"I’m quite unhappy to lose the first round. It’s tough because I played well last year here. I was happy to be back. I was happy to be back on the ATP Tour after a month."

said Wawrinka.

Dzumhur, who will now face SpainŠ—Ès Marcel Granollers of Spain, was elated. "This is a big win for me, coming on hard court against a player who likes this surface and who won the tournament last year," the surprise winner said.

Fifth seed Tomas Berdych needed just half an hour to win after fellow Czech Lukas Rosol quit with a knee injury trailing 6-3 2-1.

In Acapulco, Kyle Edmund lost his opening round match against Sam Querrey despite fighting back to level at a set all. The American went on to take the decider and a place in the second round 6-2 4-6 6-3.





About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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