Andy Murray began his preparations for Wimbledon with an impressive win over Benoit Paire at Queens. The Brit is looking to build up some form and fitness ahead of a return to the All England Club in just under two weeks time.
The former world No 1 won 6-3 6-2 in his first match on tour since March.
Murray began strongly as he broke Paire’s serve at 2-1 before fighting back from 0-30 to take a 4-1 lead.
The two time Wimbledon champion held serve with ease as the Frenchman struggled to read Murray’s serve.
Murray served out the opener, taking it with an ace down the tee.
The Brit came under some pressure on serve early on in the second as Paire took a 0-30 lead but he held on.
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Paire had not won a match at Queen’s for eight years and it told as Murray used home advantage to see off his opponent with a comfortable win.
He faces a stern challenge in the next round against the No 1 seed, Matteo Berrettini.
An emotional Murray speaking after the match said: “I love playing tennis… competing is why you put in all the hard work and in the last few years I’ve not got to do that as much as I would have liked.
“It’s great that I’m out here and able to compete again.”