Britain’s no. 1, Andy Murray suffered defeat to Roberto Baustista Agut at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in what was his first match since his quarter-final exit at Wimbledon in July.
Earlier in the day, Murray replaced the injured Novak Djokovic at the exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, but failed to completely dispel his own injury worries as he struggled for a full range of movement.
The exhibition didn’t last long with Murray struggling to do more than get the ball back, as he lost the one-set contest 6-2 in 40 minutes.
The double Olympic champion, however, drew positives from the match, saying, “I felt better as it went along – obviously a bit slow at the start. Roberto is one of the best players in the world and when you haven’t competed for a long while it takes time to get back up to that pace.
“I started to feel a bit better towards the end, but I’ll need to keep improving for sure,” he said.
“It was nice, obviously I was planning on stopping here for a few days to get some practice in with the guys here, and then it was unfortunate that Novak wasn’t able to play. I was here so I agreed to play a set and was very lucky to be able to play out here in front of everyone,” the 30-year-old added.
Murray currently plans to travel to Brisbane for his opening ATP Tour event of the season before attempting to challenge at the Australian Open.