The third-seeded Briton, who beat Mousa Zayed 6-0 6-0 in the first round, led 3-0 in the second set before Mayer won five games in a row and the world number 40 dominated the decider in Doha to seal victory in just under two hours.
Murray, the world number four, will head to Melbourne for this month's Australian Open having played only two exhibitions and two ATP Tour matches since undergoing back surgery in September.

Andy Murray can be better than when he won Wimbledon, he suggested before taking little more than half an hour to win his first match in four months on the ATP world Tour in Doha.

Murray, a 6-0, 6-0 winner against Mousa Zayed in the first round of the Qatar Open, is making a comeback from surgery on a back injury which has also caused pain in a leg and a foot. It even required him to complete his historic grass court success against Novak Djokovic in July with physical discomfort. But the brief evidence of the mismatch victory over a local wild card entry is that the surgery may have been a success and that both his freedom of movement and his potential may have improved. For the moment though Murray’s words suggest more than his actions.

“I guess with most surgeries you are trying to be better than you were before - and so far the results have been good,” he said ominously.

“I haven’t lost any strength, I was training two weeks after the surgery, I was on the bike and everything has been going well, Murray said.

“I don’t feel like I’ve lost speed, or strength. But I will know better when I’m playing matches against the best players in the world. It’s one thing doing all this stuff in the gym and in practicebut until I start doing it in matches – that’s where the confidence will come from,” he said.


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