Andy Murray has recorded his first win since returning from injury.

The Wimbledon Champion beat Swiss number two Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-4 at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi. 

Murray, 26, had also played Jo Wilfried-Tsonga on Thursday, but succumbed to a 5-7 3-6 defeat to the Frenchman.

However, Murray seemed less worried about the result and just glad to be playing again.

"I moved well in the first set [against Tsonga], especially once I got into the rallies," he was quoted by BBC Sport. "I didn't feel slow at all. In the second I slowed down slightly, but that's something that is going to get better by playing matches.

"I can't expect to feel great for long periods of matches straight away. But it was a good workout. You want to play your best, but you need to be realistic and patient."

Murray also pointed out: "I was hitting the ball OK, moving well for the most part.

"Moving is the most important thing. I just need to be able to do it for a longer period. I just felt like I hadn't played a match for a while."

Murray said after his victory over Wawrinka: "It was good to get two matches against top players.

"Everyone needs matches at this stage, especially me. It's been a perfect start and hopefully I'll get better."

Murray had been out since September due to a back injury which he first sustained in the French Open and had been working hard to get back to full fitness ready for the Australian Open which starts on the 13th of January.

His extensive rehab has been so strenuous hat he even opted to stay at his training base in Miami instead of coming to England to accept his award of British Sports Personality of the Year.

He will be hoping that this match practise will spur him on to success at the next major.

 

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