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Andy Murray is currently ranked 143rd around the globe as he continues to heal from a number of injuries.
Andy Murray, former world number one, continued his 2021 season with a straight-set win at the Stockholm Open's first round.
Murray defeated Viktor Durasovic from Norway in what will be his final event of the year.
The Briton, 34, was not affected by Durasovic's 3-3 win in the second set. She then dug deep to secure a third match point in tie-break.
In the second round Murray will take on Jannik Sinner, Italy's number 10.
After a close opening set Murray was challenged by Durasovic (354th in ranking), in a more intense second set that lasted over an hour.
The Scot had seven match points in his previous outing before falling to Dominik Koepfer, Germany in Paris. He couldn't serve his first two matches against Durasovic.
Murray made sure that the drama would never repeat itself, winning on his opponent's serve at third attempt.
Esteban Carril watched Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, and is set to join his coaching staff next season.
US Open champion Emma Raducanu tried Carril for a brief time last month. However, the highly respected Spanish coach is now working with Murray in Stockholm this week.
If everything goes according to plan, Carril will be joining Jamie Delgado's coaching staff on a permanent basis.
"It's another person who has a fresh set and has a great reputation. They have good experience and a lot of good reviews. Murray said that he wanted to test it out and see what it is like after undergoing serious hip surgery in 2019 as well as a series of other injuries.
"These past few years have been difficult for me and my staff. It is important to have a little space and distance.