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Andy Murray cruises to Challenger Tour win

APTOPIX Cincinnati Tennis

Andy Murray, of Britain, hits a forehand against Richard Gasquet, of France, during first-round play at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)


MADRID - Andy Murray cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Imran Sibille in the first round of a second-tier Challenger Tour tournament hosted by Rafael Nadal’s tennis academy on Monday.

Murray dominated from the start against the Frenchman, showing no signs of the hip problem that forced him to undergo surgery in January.

He returned to the court in June playing doubles - including at Wimbledon - before moving back to singles this month. The former No. 1 lost to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati and to Tennys Sandgren in Winston-Salem, both in the first round.

Murray had not played on the Challenger Tour since 2005. His match on Monday was the 35th of his career in the lower division.