But the World No 1 was particularly relieved after seeing off Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters here yesterday to mark a successful return to the tour.
Murray had not competed since March 12 because of a lingering elbow injury, and made a ropey start against one of his closest friends on tour.
He said afterwards that his troublesome right elbow is still a little sore and three double faults in the opening game landed him in a spot of bother.
Murray is a three-time semi-finalist in Monte Carlo but he was keen to urge caution regarding his chances this year, with his serve yet to really find its mark.
“When you’re coming back from not really serving for a few weeks, it’s I think pretty normal to show some rust,” he said. “My technique has maybe changed a little bit. You get into the match, and it’s tricky. But apart from serving and a few returns, I played well. I moved pretty good. I played some smart shots. My body felt pretty good.”
Andy Murray is through to the last 16 against Albert Ramos
Murray beat Gilles Muller in straight sets
Murray has endured a few humiliating defeats in the Monaco principality and at 5-3 down in the opening set, another appeared to be on the cards. However, after saving two set points on serve, Murray finally sparked into life, reeled off four straight games to leave Muller smashing his racket into the dirt.
Murray continued to labour through the second set, chuntering away at his inability to find his usual pinpoint accuracy on the return. The set appeared destined for a tiebreak until a trademark moment of magic broke the deadlock. A deft little backhand pass brought up match point on the Muller serve, one he converted instantly as the Luxembourg man blazed wide.
“I definitely played better as the match went on,” said Murray. “Obviously, the first service game was not ideal. But I was happy with how I hit the ball.
“I’ve done a decent amount of training the past few weeks and I hit the ball clean from the back today, timing it well. I was dictating a lot of points once I got into the rallies. It was just sometimes the first couple of shots, like, the serve or the return, could have been a little bit better. But that’s why playing matches is the biggest test.”
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Murray faces a sterner test today against Spanish clay-court specialist Albert Ramos, in the last 16.
“Ramos obviously likes the clay,” he said. “It’s a completely different match-up and I’ll need to be ready for a big fight because he doesn’t give anything for free.”
Meanwhile Kyle Edmund continued to serve notice of his future promise, pushing nine-time Monte Carlo champion Rafael Nadal all the way in the second round.
Edmund was white-washed in the opener but began to find his range with his powerful forehand and gave Nadal a real scare before going down 6-0, 5-7, 6-3.