Result: Andy Murray loses on comeback in Abu Dhabi

Result: Murray loses on comeback in Abu Dhabi
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Andy Murray loses to Roberto Bautista Agut in his first match for six months after being drafted in as a late replacement at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

Andy Murray has suffered defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut after being drafted in as a late replacement at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

Earlier on Friday, Murray replaced the injured Novak Djokovic at the exhibition event in Abu Dhabi in order to play his first match since his quarter-final exit at Wimbledon.

The former world number one gave a good account of himself against the Spaniard but struggled for his full range of movement on what was a fast surface.

The 30-year-old battled hard towards the end of the contest, but eventually succumbed to a 6-2 defeat in the one-set contest.

After the match, Murray said: "I felt better as it went along - obviously a bit slow at the start. Roberto is one of the best players in the world and when you haven't competed for a long while it takes time to get back up to that pace.

"I started to feel a bit better towards the end, but I'll need to keep improving for sure."

Murray currently plans to travel to Brisbane for his opening ATP Tour event of the season before attempting to challenge at the Australian Open.

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