With Wimbledon around the corner former World and British number one Andy Murray took his first win in nearly a year over fellow three time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka in Eastbourne yesterday.
In only his second competitive match since undergoing Hip surgery back in January he gave an impressive display as the 31 year old Scot looked fit and confident to take a 2 set victory 6-1,6-3 in the Nature Valley International tournament.
His victory has set up an all British draw in the next round on Wednesday as he will be taking on Kyle Edmund who has replaced Murray as British Number one during his lengthy lay off.
This wasn’t the first time the pair had meet, only last time the circumstances were different as it was the Same final of last year’s French open when they were ranked first and third in the world. However injury has took its toll on both Murray and Wawrinka over the past twelve months and at this ATP 250 meeting they ranked 156th and 225th respectively.
With Murray’s last competitive game being during last year’s Wimbledon where he was forced to withdraw to an hip injury, in an attempt to avoid Surgery he took a number of months out before attempting to make a comeback at the Australian Open in the new year, unfortunately he was again forced to withdraw and under go surgery in Melbourne. Wawrinka who is two years older than Murray has also had his injury concerns, missing 6 months last season due to Knee Surgery, before also attempting to make a come back at the Australian Open, only to be side lined for another knee operation soon after and eventually making his comeback in Rome last month.
Murray, who lost his first comeback match to Australian Nick Kyrgios at Queens last week, looked calm and relaxed as he took the game to Wawrinka. He will now see how his body reacts with 48 hours rest and will make his decision on Wimbledon after the Kyle Edmund game.