British number one Andy Murray played his first competitive match since his shocking departure in the second round of Indian Wells last month today, and as of writing this article, he has just beating his opponent Gilles Muller.
Murray’s match was against Luxembourger Gilles Muller at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco.
Ahead of his match, a lot of the talk was about his injury and his recent recovery from a serious elbow injury.
Speaking to the Guardian about his injury, the Scot stated: “I think the elbow injury was nothing to do with what happened. The shingles would have been more likely something to do with that but I feel fine now.
“I got ill in Miami and had some tests when I got back and everything was completely normal and I feel great.
“I had it re-scanned when I got home about a week, 10 days after, when the inflammation had died down, and compared it with the scan I had on my elbow in 2014
“It looked fairly similar. So not sure if it was a tear there or not.”
The Scot has been battling back from an elbow injury sustained last month, and faced a stern test against Muller.
The world no.28 has not managed to beat Murray in their five previous matches, and despite the world number one’s recent injury problems, he was still too much for Muller on this occasion.
The battling Scotsman managed to hang on to take the first set 7-5, and the second set ended in similar fashion, with Murray once again taking it 7-5, booking his place in the next round.
Despite putting on a brave performance, Muller was still unhappy with his performance at certain stages of the match. None more so than when he lost the first set.
You can see his angry reaction below.
Conversely, Muller has never managed to make it out of the first round during a clay court competition, only managing to reach a 1000-level third round twice.
However, the tide seems to be on the turn for the 33-year-old Muller, who claimed his first ever ATP title in Sydney during January this year, beating 26-year-old Brit Dan Evans in the final.
The Luxembourger also made it to the third rounds of both Indian Wells and Miami for the first time, before losing respectively to Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych.