World number two Andy Murray returned to tennis action since winning the 2013 Wimbledon finals, seeing off Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
The victory takes Murray’s unbeaten runs to 13, his last defeat coming when he pulled out of a match against the same opponent at the Rome Masters in May, with the back injury that forced him out of Roland Garros.
Murray broke Granollers’ serve twice in the first set to lead 4-1 before a run of unforced errors saw his opponent fight back to 5-4.
Murray took the first set and the 27-year-old Granoller raced ahead 4-1 in the second, before the Scot broke back to force a second-set tie-break which he won comfortably with seven successive points, after falling behind 2-0.
The 26-year-old US Open champion could not help the unforced errors, which he blamed on the conditions.
“It was tricky. It is extremely windy here and the balls here are quick so it felt like it was flying around,” he told Sky Sports.
Murray was given a first-round bye in Montreal along with the rest of the top eight seeds.
Murray will face 38th seed Ernest Gulbis in the third round.
Meanwhile Rafael Nadal made a winning return to singles action, since his shock defeat by Steve Darcis in the first-round of Wimbledon, as he beat wildcard Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-0 in just 72 minutes.
The 27-year-old French Open champion saved three break points and broke Levine five times.
“After seven weeks without playing tennis, you start a tournament on hard court, that is tougher for the body,” Nadal said.
You always feel a few things at the beginning. But hopefully those things will not limit my chances to play well.”
Juan Martin del Potro came from 4-1 down in the deciding set to beat Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 6-4, 4-6, 7-5- in a delayed match that did not finish until after midnight.