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Murray defeated in first match after surgery

Andy Murray's first match since undergoing surgery in the autumn ended in a straight-sets defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga yesterday.

 Andy Murray could not return to winning ways in  Abu Dhabi. Picture: Kamran Jibreili/AP
Andy Murray could not return to winning ways in Abu Dhabi. Picture: Kamran Jibreili/AP

Murray, the world's No.4-ranked player, has been out of action since an operation in September to correct a long-standing back injury and was some way from his best as he went down 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Mubadala World Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Murray matched Tsonga for much of the first set, the contest going with serve to 6-5 before his opponent converted his first break-point chance with a precise lob to take the opener. Murray forced a break of the Tsonga serve in the opening game of the second set but was unable to maintain his advantage and breaks for Tsonga in successive Murray service games took him 4-1 ahead and the Frenchman served it out from there to wrap up a 72-minute victory.

The opening match of the invitational tournament ended with victory for David Ferrer, the world No.3, who defeated Switzer­land's Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5, 6-1.

Ferrer progresses to an all-Spanish semi-final against world No.1 Rafael Nadal, while Tsonga will meet Novak Djokovic, the world No.2, in the last four. Murray will get more match practice under his belt when he meets Wawrinka in a fifth-place play-off.

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