Former World No 1 Andy Murray broke down during the on-court interview after scoring his first win on grass in three years.
Murray scored a confident 6-3, 6-2 victory over Benoit Paire to move into the second round at the Queen’s Club on Tuesday.
“I love it. I love playing tennis,” Murray said, with tears of emotion welling in his eyes.
“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.”
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The five-time former champion took a wild card into the ATP 500 event in London, his first tour-level singles event since March.
But it was like he had never been away, needing just 64 minutes to seal the victory in his first grass-court match since 2018 Eastbourne.
“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.”
Murray will next face top seed Matteo Berrettini, after the Italian powered past countryman Stefano Travaglia 7-6(5), 7-6(4) earlier in the day.