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Hutchins wins at Aussie Open after cancer comeback

Britain's Ross Hutchins (right) and Colin Fleming on court in Melbourne. Credit: Jon Buckle

British doubles player Ross Hutchins has won his first tour match since his remarkable comeback from cancer.

Twelve months ago the 28-year-old Londoner was beginning six months of chemotherapy to get rid of the Hodgkin's lymphoma that had invaded his body.

Hutchins had to build up his fitness from nothing after being told he was in remission in July but on a baking hot Melbourne afternoon he and Scot Colin Fleming beat Marinko Matosevic and Michal Przysiezny 4-6 6-4 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open.

"I think we did well to dig out a win today," he said. "It was actually brilliant to be honest, and I'm loving the feeling right now.

"This is a fantastic tournament, and I'm just thrilled to be back involved and back able to hopefully try to win more matches."