Murray Kicks Off His 2019 Season With Win In Brisbane

Andy Murray admitted he may have been

The Scot, now ranked 236 in the world as he looks to battle back from hip surgery, competed well with Medvedev in the first set before succumbing to excellent tennis from the 22-year-old Russian.

The 31-year-old Scot missed 11 months of last year with a hip injury and has slumped to a world ranking of 240. The World No.16 won three titles in 2018 and, in his first match of the 2019 campaign, he hit 16 aces and pulverised Murray at times with his power.

He broke Murray early in the first set and although Murray got back on level terms, Medvedev broke again late in the first set to gain the advantage.

Medvedev moved ahead with a break in game three following a backhand error from Andy, dominating in his service games to open a 4-2 lead and looking good to bring the eighth game home as well.

Murray's travails on Pat Rafter Arena were more down to Medvedev's prowess than any fitness issues in a match lasting one hour and 21 minutes.

Kerber had to come from a set down to beat Alize Cornet 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, while Zverev defeated Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 6-2.

Medvedev next faces Canada's Milos Raonic who eased past Serbian qualifier Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3 7-6 (2). His opponent was Russian player, Daniil Medvedev, who beat him 7-5, 6-2.

Both players arrived in Australia after long injury breaks, and neither had played a competitive match since September.

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However, after conferring with his doctors he chose to withdraw to ensure he would be fit to play the Australian Open later this month.

"I start playing better, playing more aggressive and started getting more rhythm, and my serve got better in the second".

Nishikori was joined in the quarter-finals by fellow countryman Yasutaka Uchiyama, who stunned British number one Kyle Edmund 7-6 (8/6), 6-4.

Medvedev was always likely to prove a stronger test of his credentials with the Australian Open just two weeks away, and so it proved as the young Russian overpowered the three-time Grand Slam victor.

Rafael Nadal on Wednesday withdrew from the season-opening Brisbane International after an MRI revealed a slight strain of his left thigh.

In first-round women's matches, Johanna Konta ousted No. 3-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-3 and No. 8 Anastasija Sevastova beat Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3.

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