THE Andy and Jamie Murray doubles act enjoyed a triumphant reunion last night in Washington.
The Scottish borthers reunited Stateside at the Citi Open in their first match together on the same side of a competitive net for almost three years.
And the Davis Cup-winning pair beat the Wimbledon finalists Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin from France 6-4 6-7 10-5 in a high-quality first round.
The Murrays wasted three match points in the second-set tie-break but they managed to seal the result in the Champions’ tie-break despite falling 5-2 down.
It was an impressive display against calibre opposition and they will fancy their prospects of going far in the second tournament of the North American hard-court swing.
And judging from the way he was playing, moving and his overall body language, Andy has finally banished any fitness doubts about his comeback to top-level tennis.
Andy showed the benefits of recent intense training sessions in the US as he started proceedings with a 131mph ace in the first game.
And though he was targeted at times at the net by the French duo, this was arguably his best display since returning in June from hip surgery.
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It all bodes well for Andy, the former world No.1 player, as he attempts a return to the singles circuit later this month (August), possibly in Cincinnati.
Meanwhile, British No1 Kyle Edmund sauntered past South African Lloyd Harris 6-1 6-4 in the men’s singles – but Dan Evans crashed out.
The country’s No2 lost nine of the last ten games in temperatures of up to 34C as he fell 6-4 6-1 to Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.