Andy Murray sees off Kyle Edmund in Washington


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Andy Murray continued his comeback from hip surgery by beating Kyle Edmund to reach the third round of the Washington Open.

The former world number, who was playing just his fifth match of 2018 after going under the knife at the start of the year, secured a 7-6 (7-4) 1-6 6-4 win over his compatriot after two hours and 31 minutes of play in the American capital.

Murray had lost to Edmund when he attempted a comeback on grass before Wimbledon, a result that contributed to his decision to pull out of his home Grand Slam, but he seemed in much better shape on a hard court.

“I feel better than I did during the grass-court season, which is positive,” said Murray.

“So things are still getting better and I’ve lasted fairly well through two long matches here on a tough surface on the body.

“Hopefully I can keep healing up from the matches and feeling better.”

The three-time Grand Slam winner will now face Romania’s Marius Copil in the third round in Washington and will fancy his chances of progressing through to the quarter-finals after he won their only previous meeting in Madrid last year.

Murray is priced at 1.20 to win the match, while Copil is available at 4.00, although even if the Brit does make it through to the last eight then he still has a long way to go if he is to challenge for a first ATP Tour title since March 2017.

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