Andy Murray makes winning doubles return with Liam Broady in Rome

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Andy Murray eased back into competition for the first time since early March as he and his fellow Briton Liam Broady pulled off an excellent 5-7, 7-6 (5), 10-6 victory against the Australian pair Luke Saville and Max Purcell in their doubles first-round match at the Italian Open in Rome.

Murray had travelled to Rome only to train with top players ahead of his singles return, but he and the much improved Broady were surprise late entrants in the doubles draw after numerous withdrawals. They handled themselves well against the doubles specialists, recovering from a set and break down to win.

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