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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."

Andy Murray: Hutchins' cancer fight 'changed my perspective'

Andy Murray into second round with straight sets win

Andy Murray serves beneath the Melbourne sunshine. Credit: Reuters

Andy Murray has cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-1 6-4 win over Go Soeda of Japan.

Murray, making his return to Grand Slam action for the first time since back surgery in September, took just 87 minutes to overcome the world number 112.


Watson fails to make second round of Australian Open

Heather Watson has been defeated in the first round of the Australian Open, leaving Andy Murray the lone Brit in the singles competition.

Great Britain's Heather Watson has failed to make the second round at the Australian Open. Credit: Press Association

Watson conceded to Slovakian 31st seed Daniela Hantuchova after three sets, losing 7-5 3-6 6-3. Earlier, fellow Brit Laura Robson also fell at the first hurdle, being defeated by Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in two sets.

Murray will take on Japan's Go Soeda in the men's first round on Tuesday.

Read more: Australia set for a hot start to the Open as heatwave looms

Laura Robson makes early exit from Australian Open

Laura Robson made a very early exit from the Australian Open in Melbourne this morning, lasting less than an hour in the tournament. She was beaten in the first round by 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens.

British number one Laura Robson made an early exit from the Australian Open. Credit: Press Association

The British number one came into the competition having not completed a match this season because of an wrist injury.

The result will be a big blow to Robson, who reached the third round in Melbourne last year.


Murray withdraws from ATP World Tour Finals at O2

Andy Murray in action during the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2. Credit: PA Archive

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 after he underwent back surgery in September.

He said: "I'm really disappointed not to be playing this year, I love playing in front of my home crowd, it's a great atmosphere.

Read: Andy Murray thanks fans after back surgery

"All the players look forward to competing in London and I'll be doing my best to qualify again for the tournament next year."

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