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Andy Murray Leads Britain to Victory over France

Andy Murray shrugged off his recent shoulder problem to lead Great Britain to a 2-1 win against holders France on the second day of the Hopman Cup in Perth.

The Scot felt pain in his left shoulder during his Mubadala World Tennis Championship semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal last week and was spared from testing the joint when illness forced Novak Djokovic out of Saturday’s final.

Any soreness did not prevent Murray from giving Britain the perfect start as the 27-year-old men’s world number six defeated Benoit Paire 6-2 7-5 in the opening tie of the evening match at the Perth Arena, and he later teamed up with Heather Watson to win the decisive mixed doubles tie.

“It’s a bit sore, if it was my right shoulder it would probably be quite hard for me to play,” Murray told the Hopman Cup YouTube channel after his singles victory.

“I don’t feel it on my ground strokes so much, I feel it when I’m serving. I had an ultrasound scan in Abu Dhabi and it was absolutely clear but it’s still quite sore.

“Hopefully it will calm down. Maybe it’s playing matches again after a little break, maybe I’ve just got it in the wrong position and tweaked something a little bit, but I should be fine.”

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