Murray cruises through Doha opener

Hampshire Chronicle: Andy Murray took just 38 minutes to win his first-round match Andy Murray took just 38 minutes to win his first-round match

Andy Murray barely had to break sweat as he raced to a 6-0 6-0 win in a mis-matched first-round match at the Qatar Open in Doha.

The Wimbledon champion needed just 38 minutes to dispatch his 19-year-old opponent Mousa Shanan Zayed, the wild card ranked 2,129 in the world.

The home favourite was way out of his depth against the third seed, who never had to get out of first gear as he continued his comeback from the back operation which curtailed his 2013 season.

Zayed won 17 points in the match and none on the Scot's first serve.

Murray, who was victorious in the men's doubles on Monday, was playing in his first Tour singles match since his injury lay-off as he looks to return to top form ahead of the Australian Open.

He had returned to action in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi on Boxing Day.

The 26-year-old, who had a minor operation on a long-standing back problem in September, lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before beating Stanislas Wawrinka to finish fifth.

"It's good to be back," Murray said after the match.

"I will probably go and hit a few balls with my coach (Ivan Lendl) now as it was quite windy and there were not a lot of rallies in the match."

Murray's compatriot Dan Evans went out in the opening round as he lost in three sets to Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

Evans, the world number 150, had come through three rounds of qualifying to make the main draw, but was unable to spring an upset against the seventh seed.

Gulbis won 6-2 4-6 6-0 in one-and-a-half hours, breaking his 23-year-old opponent seven times in the match.

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