After all the injury problems, it can be said that Andy Murray deserves a bit of luck.
Pairing with Feliciano Lopez at the Fever-Tree Championships, the Briton hit two consecutive champions to win the first set and led the team to defeat main seed Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-6 (5) and 6-3. Murray was competing in his first match since undergoing hip surgery after the Australian Open.
"I was hoping to enjoy the game because I told myself I was going regardless of what happened," Murray said. "To feel as good as I did there – not perfect in terms of everything as my movement, but no pain … I liked it. I feel like I will continue to progress."
The victory gave Murray his first ATP Tour of grass-court win since he reached the quarter-finals here in 2010. Next to Lopez / Murray are the British pair of Daniel Evans and Ken Skupski or Alex's #NextGenATP duo of Minaur and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
An all-Murray match is still on the cards as well. Murray / Lopez and the Brits Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski win their next matches on Friday, the brothers will face each other in the semifinals.
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Murray also confirmed that he will join Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon. The Frenchman has focused on singles since completing his Grand Slam doubles career with Nicolas Mahut this year in Melbourne, but the opportunity to join the former world No. 1 has been too good to miss.
"He had told my coach that he would not play doubles at Wimbledon," Murray said. "A few weeks ago, [he] contacted, said maybe [he] I would like to play I'm guessing he talked to his team and thought it would be a good thing to do. "
There were no break points in the first set of Murray's return game on Thursday. An incredible back-to-back lob from the Cabal helped bring the Colombian duo to 5/5 in the tie-break of the first set, but the volley and forehand netcord Murray winners in the next two points closed the opening set.
The Briton grew in confidence as the game progressed. He tore a pair of forehand return winners to secure the first break of the game at 3-2 in the second set. The slight advantage was all the need for Lopez / Murray. Lopez's aggressive volley, which served in the match at 5-3, helped seal the win in 75 minutes.
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The other teams seeded into action on Thursday had better luck. Second seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares teamed up to defeat Lucas Pouille and Stan Wawrinka 5-7, 6-3, 10-5. They will play Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury for a place in the last four.
Third seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers resisted defeating Robert Lindstedt and Artem Sitak 7-6 (5), 3-6 and 10-3. Next up are Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, who charmed French fans Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6 (5), 1-6, 10-7.