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Andy Murray looks sharp in Abu Dhabi victory over Dan Evans

Andy Murray showed positive signs ahead of the new season with a comprehensive win over British rival Dan Evans in Abu Dhabi.

The pair are taking part in the grandly-named Mubadala World Tennis Championship, and Murray looked sharp and moved well in a 6-3 6-2 victory.

Evans was a late replacement and that perhaps explains why he was some way below his best, with the 31-year-old midway through his preparations for the start of the new season next month.

But it was certainly an encouraging display from Murray, who split from long-time coach Jamie Delgado last week and is having a trial period with German Jan De Witt.

Murray said in his on-court interview: โ€œWe practise a lot together so we know each otherโ€™s games well. We always play a lot of long points, long rallies. Danโ€™s got skills that very few players on the tour have. Itโ€™s a good start.โ€

He and Evans have never met in a competitive match but Murray won a tight contest at the Battle of the Brits event last December.

โ€œHe played well,โ€ said Evans. โ€œIt wasnโ€™t much fun for me. I did some things well. Not enough. But it was really good to get the chance to be out here in front of a great crowd.โ€

The Scot will now provide the first opponent for Rafael Nadal when he makes his comeback from a lengthy lay-off with a foot injury on Friday.

โ€œI didnโ€™t know whether I was going to get the opportunity to play matches like that again,โ€ said Murray. โ€œRafaโ€™s someone that Iโ€™ve had some great battles with at some of the biggest tournaments in the world. Itโ€™ll be great. Hopefully we can put on a great performance.โ€

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