Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray rallied for victory Monday in his first hardcourt match since March of last year to down Mackenzie McDonald at the ATP Washington Open.
The British former world no 1, who just ended an 11-month right hip injury layoff, needed seven match points to subdue the 80th-ranked American 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Murray, now ranked 832nd, booked a second-round match against British fourth seed Kyle Edmund, who had an opening bye.
After making his return from January hip surgery last month at Queens and Eastbourne, Murray, 31, skipped Wimbledon and began preparing for the hardcourt campaign.
His first hardcourt match in nearly 17 months turned when he broke in the penultimate game of the second set and again on his fifth break chance in the opening game of the third set.
Murray, whose best Washington finish was a runner-up effort in his 2006 debut, squandered five match points before sealing the match when McDonald hit a forehand long to end matters after two hours and 37 minutes.