Doha: Andy Murray returned to action at the Qatar Open with a comfortable straight sets win over Qatari wildcard Mousa Zayed.
Murray featured in exhibition games in Abu Dhabi recently, in his first action since back surgery in September.
Top seed Rafael Nadal of Spain beat Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).
Murray made his competitive comeback against Zayed, ranked 2,129th in the world, and lost just seven points in the opening set.
He secured his place in the second round with a 6-0, 6-0 win in 37 minutes.
The Scot will play either Germany’s Florian Mayer or Poland’s Michal Przysiezny for a place in the quarter-finals as he continues his preparations for the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on 13 January.
“It’s good to be back,” he said. “I will probably go and hit a few balls with my coach now as it was quite windy and there were not a lot of rallies in the match.”
Murray, 26, lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi on Thursday in his first outing since Britain’s Davis Cup World Group play-off win over Croatia in September.
But he then beat Stanislas Wawrinka in the same exhibition event.
Britain’s Dan Evans went out in the opening round as he lost in three sets to Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis. Gulbis won 6-2. 4-6, 6-0. (Agencies)