“I am still pain-free,” confirms Andy Murray after he and brother Jamie come through tough Citi Open test

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Andy Murray and Jamie Murray made a successful start to their doubles partnership at the Citi Open, scoring a fine win over Wimbledon finalists Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

The pair have not played together since the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but they showed a natural connection as they overcame the Frenchmen 6-4 6-7 (7-9), 10-5 to reach the quarter-finals.

“I have no pain,” Andy Murray said. “It’s not restricting me in any of the shots that I’m hitting.

“I’m still maybe a little bit slow. I’m hoping that’s something that comes back with time.”

Washington was part of Murray’s initial comeback last year, when he performed well but was forced to retire after a 3am finish left him exhausted and in too much pain to continue.

This year, though, he says everything is different and much more positive.

“I’m in a much better place than I was last year. Physically, I just feel so much better,” Murray added.

“I didn’t know how much more I was going to be playing after here last year. To come back and be competing and be pain-free is brilliant.”

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