ATP Qatar Open: Andy Murray cruises past Mousa Shanan Zayed without losing a game
Last Updated: 31/12/13 7:07pm
Andy Murray: Did not drop a game in the process of beating Mousa Shanan Zayed
Andy Murray breezed into the second round of the Qatar Open in Doha after recording a 6-0 6-0 victory over Mousa Shanan Zayed.
The Wimbledon champion needed just 38 minutes to see off his completely outmatched opponent, a 19-year-old wildcard who is ranked 2129 in the world.
The home player was way out of his depth against the third seed, who never had to get out of first gear as he continued his comeback from the back operation which curtailed his 2013 season.
Zayed won 17 points in the match, none which came on the British No 1's first serve.
Murray, who was victorious in the men's doubles on Monday, was playing in his first ATP Tour singles match since his injury lay-off as he looks to return to top form ahead of the Australian Open.
He had returned to action in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi on Boxing Day.
"It's good to be back," Murray said after the match.
"I will probably go and hit a few balls with my coach (Ivan Lendl) now as it was quite windy and there were not a lot of rallies in the match."
Murray was joined in the second round by top seed Rafa Nadal and second seed David Ferrer.
Nadal belatedly avenged his shock Wimbledon defeat to Lukas Rosol in 2012, breezing through the opening set before being tested in the second set in a 6-2 7-6 win on his fifth match point of the tiebreaker.
"Thinking about revenge is a bad way to start the match, my opinion," said Nadal. "You have to start with the calm and with the mind very open to analyze what's going on in the match.
"I was a little bit nervous. I didn't have a great memory of the last match playing against him. After that match I didn't play not one more match in a tennis court for almost eight months, so it was a bad feeling in that moment."
Ferrer needed three sets to come up with a 6-3 5-7 6-3 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine.
Defending champion and fifth seed Richard Gasquet also moved along to the second round with a 7-5 6-1 win over Egyptian wildcard recipient Karim Hossam.
However, there was disappointment for Britain's Dan Evans, who went down 6-2 4-6 6-0 to Latvian Ernests Gulbis.