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Andy Murray beats Marco Chiudinelli to reach Dubai Duty Free Championships quarter-final

Improved Murray makes light work of Chiudinelli to reach last eight in Dubai

Andy Murray became the first man through to the quarter-finals at the Dubai Duty Free Championships with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli.

The world No 4 has endured a post-Australian Open slump in the last two seasons and struggled on Tuesday in his first match since his Melbourne semi-final defeat by Novak Djokovic, needing three sets to get past unheralded German Michael Berrer.

Shake on it: Andy Murray beat Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets to reach the last eight of the Dubai Duty Free Championships

Shake on it: Andy Murray beat Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets to reach the last eight of the Dubai Duty Free Championships

But Murray looked much sharper today, albeit against modest opposition in the shape of the 30-year-old world number 185, and eased through in one hour and 22 minutes.

Coach Ivan Lendl said following the Berrer match that he believed Murray had left Australia in a positive frame of mind and he certainly made a fast start.

Easy does it: World No 4 Murray impressed in his second round win

Easy does it: World No 4 Murray impressed in his second round win

The 24-year-old created a break point in Chiudinelli's first service game and then capitalised on his next opportunity when a backhand proved too good for his opponent.

Feeling the heat: Chiudinelli was comfortably dispatched by Murray in Dubai

Feeling the heat: Chiudinelli was comfortably dispatched by Murray in Dubai

The Swiss player beat Nikolay Davydenko in the first round on Tuesday but he was having no joy at all on the Murray serve and the third seed served out the set with an ace.

In a hurry: Murray was the first through to the quarter finals

In a hurry: Murray was the first through to the quarter finals

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Chiudinelli held Murray at bay in the second set until the ninth game, when some good play from the Scot forced three break points and he took the second to leave himself serving for the match.

And there were no late alarms for Murray, who will face either fifth seed Tomas Berdych or Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko in the last eight.

Any Murray struggles through Dubai opener against Michael Berrer

Murray made to work as Brit struggles through Dubai opener against Berrer

Andy Murray was given a tough examination in his first match since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals before prevailing 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 against German qualifier Michael Berrer in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

In each of the last two years Murray has struggled for form following the Australian Open and he looked shaky again here, allowing the world No 116 back into the match having been a set and a break up in the second.

Murray failed to win a match until April after his 2011 Melbourne final defeat to Djokovic and was unable to go past the quarter-finals of any tournament in 2010 until Wimbledon after losing to Federer in that year's Australian Open final.

Right back at you: Andy Murray returns to Michael Berrer on his way to beating the German

Right back at you: Andy Murray returns to Michael Berrer on his way to beating the German

He is hoping to bounce back more quickly this time and at least survived the opening test against a feisty and fresh-looking opponent following his own four-week lay-off.

The world No 4 looked rusty in the opening game and the powerful Berrer was moving his opponent around the court, claiming a break at the fourth attempt.

Murray broke back immediately, sealing it with a superb lob, but survived another scare in the fifth game, saving two break points as first Berrer failed to return an accurate first serve and then the 31-year-old tried a drop shot without factoring in Murray's lightning pace across the ground, the third seed easily chasing it down and firing a winner before going on to hold.

Bowing out: Berrer lost in three sets to British No 1 Murray

Bowing out: Berrer lost in three sets to British No 1 Murray

Murray made the crucial breakthrough by puncturing the Berrer serve again to move 4-2 up and closed out the set 6-3.

The second set went with serve up to the fifth game where a long backhand by Berrer handed Murray three break points.

He seized on the second of them with a fiercely-struck forehand winner but there was no let-up from the Stuttgart-based player, who broke back straight away with a forehand which Murray could only volley weakly into the net.

A Berrer forehand into the net after good defensive work from Murray set up a break chance in the seventh game but the German responded with a stunning backhand cross-court which seemed to briefly knock the stuffing out of his opponent.

First-class service: Murray sends one down in Dubai

First-class service: Murray sends one down in Dubai

Berrer held to move 4-3 up and then led 15-40 on the Murray serve, before four accurate serves in a row enabled the Scot to hold.

Murray stepped in on Berrer's serve to put away a return and force a break chance in the ninth, but again Berrer recovered to hold and levelled the match at one set apiece when his chipped return into the corner of the court was slammed into the net.

The response from Murray was good as he broke in the opening game of the decider but Berrer hit back in game two as Murray's backhand volley found the net rather than the open court.

A long forehand gave Murray another break but he again failed to consolidate and Berrer levelled once more as the Murray serve faltered badly.

Berrer became the first player to hold in the fifth game and Murray fought hard to do likewise, but the vital break came in the ninth game as Berrer miscued a forehand and Murray was able to serve it out.

Murray will now face another qualifier, Switzerland's Marco Chiudinelli, in the second round after he beat Russia's Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Moving target: Murray covers the court well to get the ball heading back towards Berrer

Moving target: Murray covers the court well to get the ball heading back towards Berrer

Andy Murray returns to action in Dubai

Murray back from injury and ready to return to action in Dubai

One month after he lost to Novak Djokovic in that epic Australian Open semi-final, Andy Murray returns to competitive action on Tuesday in what should prove a more straightforward assignment.

He plays German Michael Berrer in the first round of the Dubai Championships, knowing the last time they met he managed to overcome Berrer despite struggling with injury for most of the match.

That was at Roland Garros last year when Murray battled through their third-round encounter despite badly hurting his ankle and limping around, so he will be optimistic he can beat the world No 116 in full health.

Ready for a comeback: Andy Murray 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Ready for a comeback: Andy Murray 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

The 24-year-old Scot could meet Djokovic in the semi-finals later this week if he progresses that far, as the world No 1 has also chosen this week to rejoin the fray ahead of the two opening Masters level events of the season in America next month. Roger Federer is also in a relatively strong field.

Murray has spent a gruelling 10 days prior to this in Florida working with coach Ivan Lendl, spending up to five hours per day on court. Lendl has not travelled to Dubai because he is playing in a seniors’ event but has indicated he will be with the British No 1 for the whole of the clay court season.

Different ball game: Murray plays with a football in Dubai

Different ball game: Murray plays with a football in Dubai

He has said that includes the traditional European curtain-raiser of the Monte Carlo Open in mid-April, which would appear to reduce the chances of Murray playing in Britain’s Davis Cup match against Belgium which takes place early the same month.

Although he has not made a final decision, unless Murray crashes out early from the Miami Masters event at the end of March it seems unlikely that he will make an appearance in Glasgow versus Belgium.

Epic: Murray has not played since his marathon match with Novak Djokovic

Epic: Murray has not played since his marathon match with Novak Djokovic

Dan Evans, who stepped heroically into the breach earlier this month against Slovakia, has maintained some decent form by qualifying for this week’s Challenger event in Cherbourg without dropping a set.

Meanwhile, Djokovic’s younger brother Marko lost in the first round in Dubai. Marko, ranked 869th in the world, succumbed 6-3, 6-2 to world No 143 Andrey Golubev.