Andy Murray continues impressive progress at Rafa Nadal Open

Andy Murray celebrates his victory over Norbert Gombos
Andy Murray celebrates his victory over Norbert Gombos

Andy Murray continued his comeback from surgery in impressive fashion on Tuesday night as he dispatched Norbert Gombos 6-3 6-4 in the Rafa Nadal Open.

Murray was given much more of a workout than he got in his opening victory over teenager Imran Sibille, but still had too much for third seed Gombos, ranked 116th in the world, as he showed some flashes of his old self.

The former world number one fired six aces but also impressed with the way he was able to get around on the court following the hip surgery he had at the start of the year.

The victory sees Murray advance to the last 16 of the ATP Challenger Tour event.

Murray said: "I had to do a lot of moving and defending and I think I did that well and I feel good.

"I have a rest day now and that is really important for me at this point of my return, as my body isn't ready to play each day yet.

"If physically I still feel good then I have a chance in every match here [to go on and win the tournament]. But this is unknown territory at the moment, because I'm not use to playing three, four, five matches in just a week, so I have to see how I go."

The three-time major winner is building up his match fitness after having a metal hip implanted in January in a bid to save his career.

He has played in two ATP Tour events and is now competing on the second-tier Challenger Tour for the first time since 2005.

The 32-year-old Scot pulled out of the doubles at the US Open to concentrate on his singles career.

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