Andy Murray ‘starting to feel better with each match’ after cruising into second round of San Diego Open

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Andy Murray booked his place in the second round of the San Diego Open with a comfortable straight-sets victory over American Denis Kudla.

Murray had been due to face Kei Nishikori but the Japanese player pulled out with a back injury, paving the way for lucky loser Kudla to enter the draw.

The former world No1 showed no signs of any injury setbacks as he picked up a relatively straightforward 6-3 6-2 win.

Afterwards, he said: “First and foremost it’s great to be on the court healthy and competing week after week for the first time since 2017. It’s been a long time and I’m starting to feel better with each match.”

After being beset by injury problems since his hip surgery, Murray has enjoyed a return to form in recent weeks. He reached the quarter-finals of his last tournament in Metz and is edging ever closer to the top 100 in the world.

It proved a good day in San Diego for the British contingent as Cameron Norrie beat Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 6-2 7-5. And in Chicago, Harriet Dart came through three sets to beat Beatriz Haddad-Maia 6-1 3-6 6-1.

Meanwhile, British No1 Dan Evans takes on former Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson later today.

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