PERTH, Australia: British number one Andy Murray conceded he was being troubled by a lingering left shoulder problem after he opened his Hopman Cup account with a straight-sets win over Frenchman Benoit Paire at the Perth Arena.
The world number six had few problems with Paire, himself on the comeback trail after injury, and won their clash 6-2, 7-5 as Great Britain beat defending champions France 2-1 at the mixed teams tournament.
Although the French levelled the tie when Alize Cornet thrashed Heather Watson, 6-2, 6-2, the Brits claimed the deciding mixed doubles in a match tiebreak, 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.
Murray suffered from soreness in the shoulder during and after his emphatic victory over Rafael Nadal in the season-opening tournament in Dubai last week, which he won when Novak Djokovic forfeited the final.
The dual Grand Slam champion subsequently had a scan which cleared him of any serious problems, however the shoulder again caused him discomfort in the win over Paire.
Just two weeks out from the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open in Melbourne, where he has been a finalist three times, the 27-year-old conceded the pain was causing him concern.
“It is still quite sore,” he said.
“If it was my right shoulder it would probably be quite hard for me to play, I do not feel it on my groundstrokes as much but I feel it when I am serving.
“Maybe it was playing a match [in Abu Dhabi]after having a break or I just got it in the wrong position and tweaked something a little bit, but I should be fine.”
Murray said he would continue to have treatment on the shoulder.