Andy Murray overcomes lucky loser Denis Kudla in the San Diego Open first round

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Andy Murray won Metz in consecutive matches for the first time since Wimbledon.

After a late replacement, Andy Murray faced Denis Kudla, who was a lucky loser. He won the San Diego Open's first match 6-3 and 6-2.

Former world number one, aged 34, was scheduled to face Japan's Kei Nishori. He withdrew due to a back injury.

Cameron Norrie won straight sets in round one over Dominik Koepfer of Germany 6-2 7-5.

British number one Dan Evans will be in action Wednesday against Kevin Anderson, the lucky loser from South Africa.

Wildcard Murray dominated his match against the American 29-year-old in just 69 minutes. However, it is likely that he will face more challenges in Round 2 against Casper Ruud (ranked world number 10), a Norwegian second seed.

Murray, who is currently ranked 109 worldwide, reached the quarterfinals at last week's Moselle Open in Metz. This was Murray's best result in seven tournaments, his most recent comeback since June, when he suffered a major hip injury that left him with four years of inactivity.

"First and foremost, it's great that I am back on the court for the first time since 2017 and to compete week after week. "It's been a while and it's starting to feel better with every match," he stated in his interview on court.

Ruud is in great form this year, winning tournaments on clay in Geneva and Bastad, Gstaad, Kitzbuhel, and his world ranking has risen from 27th to his current position in the top 10.

Norrie will take on Anderson if she wins the battle between Evans and Anderson.

Harriet Dart used her WTA Chicago Fall Tennis Classic tournament position to beat Beatriz Haddad-Maia, a Brazilian qualifier 6-1 3-6 6-1

She will be facing Veronika Kudermetova, the Russian 12th seed.