Andy wins on his return
World number one Andy Murray beat Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri in straight sets at the Dubai Championships in his first match for five weeks.
Murray, 29, was playing for the first time since his fourth-round defeat at the Australian Open last month.
Jaziri, ranked 51st in the world, broke Murray’s serve early on but the top seed recovered to win 6-4 6-1.
Murray will face Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who won their last meeting at Indian Wells in 2012.
Despite a first-serve percentage of just 40%, Murray was satisfied with his first match back, saying: “I was a little bit uneasy, I’ve never hit with him or played against him before.
“It took a little bit of time to get used to his game.”
The Brit had been laid low with a bout of shingles following the Australian Open, and revealed that it was his mother-in-law, Leonore Sears, who diagnosed the problem.
“I had a little bit of a rash from my bum round to my stomach,” said Murray. “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 ‘OK’. And then the next day I got the doctor and she was right.”