Andy Murray downs Evans in Battle of the Brits exhibition opener ahead of Australian Open next year
Andy Murray has returned to action for the first time since his 2020 season ended against Fernando Verdasco, beating British No 1 Dan Evans in straight sets in the Battle of the Brits exhibition tournament organised by the LTA and his brother Jamie ahead of the Australian Open. Elsewhere, there were wins for Heather Watson and Liam Broady.
Andy Murray plays a backhand shot during their round robin match against Dan Evans during Day One of the Battle of the Brits Premier League of Tennis at the National Tennis Centre on December 20, 2020 in London, England.
Murray was the headline act on day one, ousting Evans, the world No 31 and British No 1 in two tight sets, 7-6(5), 7-5.
Elsewhere, Heather Watson was victorious, defeating Katy Dunne 6-2, 6-3, James Ward suffered a surprise 6-3, 7-6(3) defeat against Anton Matusevich and Beth Grey defeated Freya Christie 3-6, 6-2, 10-7.
There were contrasting fortunes for the Broady siblings, with Naomi losing 3-6, 7-5, 10-3 to Alicia Barnett and Liam beating Jack Draper 7-5, 6-4.
The victory ends a three-match losing streak for Murray stretching back to September, when he lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the US Open second round.
He suffered an even earlier exit at Roland Garros, being outplayed in straight sets by Stan Wawrinka before his 2020 season came to an end with a first-round loss to Fernando Verdasco in Cologne.
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