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Andy Murray wins Queen’s Club doubles title with Feliciano Lopez on return from hip surgery

Andy Murray wins Queen’s Club doubles title with Feliciano Lopez on return from hip surgery

Andy Murray completed a remarkable winning return to action with victory in the doubles at Queen’s Club alongside Feliciano Lopez.

The Scot, who was close to retiring five months ago due to the hip injury which left him struggling to walk without pain, let alone play tennis, strolled off with the silverware at his first attempt back.

Murray and Lopez – the latter ‘fresh’ from winning the singles title less than an hour earlier – beat Britain’s Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram of the United States 7-6 (6) 5-7 10-5 after a third-set match tie-break.

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Murray had insisted after their first-round victory that winning was not his number one priority this week. After all, it was only five months ago that the former world number one tearfully announced that the Australian Open could be his last tournament.

This, then, was supposed to be a tentative comeback, testing out the new metal hip after a career-saving operation and getting a few games under his belt, with a view to gradually building up to a return to singles. But the three-time grand slam champion clearly has not lost the appetite for a battle.

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1/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Murray and Lopez walk out at The Queen’s Club.

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Murray and Lopez were taking on Britain’s Joe Salisbury and US player Rajeev Ram.

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3/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Lopez was playing in his fifth consecutive match on Centre Court.

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4/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Ram and Salisbury could not live with the pace of the match.

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5/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Salisbury reacts after losing a point.

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6/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Murray was not having it all his own way on his serve though.

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7/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

But Lopez and Murray proved a formidable team.

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8/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

The pair embrace after winning the first set.

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9/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Murray came out firing in the second but they lost it to send the match to a champions’ tie-break.

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10/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

He showed no lingering after effects from his operation.

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Murray celebrates the victory after winning the Champions tie-break 10-5.

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The victory gave Murray his fifth Queen’s title.

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13/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Lopez picked up his second title in as many days.

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Lopez and Murray celebrate becoming the Queen’s doubles champions.

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1/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Murray and Lopez walk out at The Queen’s Club.

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2/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Murray and Lopez were taking on Britain’s Joe Salisbury and US player Rajeev Ram.

Getty Images

3/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Lopez was playing in his fifth consecutive match on Centre Court.

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4/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Ram and Salisbury could not live with the pace of the match.

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5/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Salisbury reacts after losing a point.

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6/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Murray was not having it all his own way on his serve though.

Action Images via Reuters

7/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

But Lopez and Murray proved a formidable team.

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8/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

The pair embrace after winning the first set.

Action Images via Reuters

9/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Murray came out firing in the second but they lost it to send the match to a champions’ tie-break.

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10/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

He showed no lingering after effects from his operation.

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11/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Murray celebrates the victory after winning the Champions tie-break 10-5.

Action Images via Reuters

12/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

The victory gave Murray his fifth Queen’s title.

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13/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Lopez picked up his second title in as many days.

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14/14 Andy Murray & Feliciano Lopez vs Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram

Lopez and Murray celebrate becoming the Queen’s doubles champions.

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The fledgling partnership were 5-1 down in a first-set tie-break but fought back to level, and took it when Ram pushed a forehand wide.

The second set went the way of Salisbury and Ram after Murray dropped serve, and like so many matches during Murray’s career, it went to the wire.

Lopez, who must have been running on empty, somehow conjured up a series of stunning winners in the match tie-break to secure his own personal double and an unlikely, but welcome, victory for Murray.

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