Former world No. 1 Andy Murray was emotional after starting his campaign at the Queen's Club with a win. Murray, now ranked at No. 124 in the world, beat French Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2 to progress into the next round at the Queen's Club.
Murray broke Paire in the forth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener. The two players were tied at two games apiece after the opening six games but then Murray claimed back-to-back breaks to win the set and seal a straight-set win.
"I love it. I love playing tennis,” Murray said, with tears of emotion welling in his eyes during an on-court interview. “Obviously competing is why you put in all the hard work. In the last few years I didn’t get to do that as much as I would have liked, so it’s great that I’m out here and able to compete again”.
Murray plays Matteo Berrettini next
"The body is old, but I did quite well today in terms of my movement and stuff,” Murray said. “It’s my first match on grass in three years and I’ve only played two or three practice sets in the buildup to this.
I didn’t know exactly how I was going to play or how I was going to feel, but I think for a first match it was good. Elsewhere, top-ranked German tennis player Alexander Zverev made a positive start in Halle. Zverev, ranked at No.
6 in the world, survived a tricky Dominic Koepfer challenge as he beat his fellow compatriot 6-4 3-6 6-3. “I didn’t feel well on the grass yet. This is my third day on it, but for a good reason because I played pretty well in Paris,” Zverev said in an on-court interview. “There is still a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m definitely happy to get the win”.