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Murray Makes Dream Start; Ferrer Prevails

Doha, Qatar

Murray© QTF/Paul ZimmerAndy Murray made a dream comeback to the ATP World Tour on Tuesday.

Andy Murray made a dream comeback to the ATP World Tour on Tuesday.

In his first match since 15 September 2013, the two-time champion defeated 19-year-old wild card Mousa Shanan Zayed 6-0, 6-0 in 38 minutes for a place in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open second round. Murray went 20 for 20 on his first serve points. "It's fairly rare but you see it once, maybe twice in a season," he said of the stat. "Definitely for individual sets. Maybe not always for an entire match."

Last season, there were three 6-0, 6-0 scorelines, including Mohammed Safwat beat Jabor Mohammed Ali Mutawawa in the Doha first round, Jarkko Nieminen defeated David Goffin in the Rotterdam first round and Roger Federer overcame Mischa Zverev in the Halle quarter-finals.

Murray is now 25-2 overall at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Doha, where he won titles in 2008 and 2009. He underwent back surgery on 23 September.

David Ferrer, who finished at a career-high No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings last season, was made to work for a win in his 2014 season opener. The Spaniard prevailed against Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 after two hours and four minutes. 

The 31 year old played in an ATP-high 84 matches in 2013, and won two titles from nine finals. A semi-finalist last year in Doha, Ferrer next meets Daniel Brands. The German beat former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko, the 2010 champion, 6-4, 6-4 in 81 minutes.

Sixth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber completed a successful day for the German contingent with a 7-6(7), 6-3 win over Spaniard Pablo Andujar. Countrymen Florian Mayer, Dustin Brown and Peter Gojowczyk advanced earlier in the day. 

Seventh seed Ernests Gulbis finished strong in his first-round match, defeated British qualifier Daniel Evans 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. 

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 9 Richard Gasquet play their first singles matches of the 2014 ATP World Tour season later today.

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