Murray sealed the first-set tie-break against top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah with an imperious forehand which clipped the net and provoked the Scotsman to raise his hand apologetically.
Yet Murray moved well, served well and, crucially, stayed pain-free throughout the 7-6 (5), 6-3 win in front of an excitable crowd on Center Court at the grass-court event.
Following the match, it was confirmed Murray will line-up at Wimbledon alongside Herbert, a doubles champion at every major.
Marc Lopez strongly denied the allegations in Spanish newspaper AS, saying: "We have nothing to do with it, they have no right to dirty our names like that". Or I take a longer break post-Wimbledon of maybe, let's say, a month or six weeks to get myself ready for singles and then try and play close to the US Open time.
"Feli played extremely well, too, which helped".
"Then that will give me some information about where I'm at and maybe things I need to improve or whatever". "I felt very relaxed at the beginning of the week and was getting more nervous as the week went on, but my competitive instincts kicked in".
And if I had done this previous year, you know, I'd be here aching, throbbing, and feel bad the next day.
Murray clearly revelled in being back on court and produced some stunning returns alongside Lopez who co-starred after earlier winning the singles title Murray has won five times.
"That's one of the things that's sometimes quite hard with tennis, often when players come back you go straight back in to playing a full three-set match at the highest level".
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John Moreira, meanwhile, had called in sick to work so he could be part of the crowd. The shooting happened during a speech by one of the owners of the team.
"I'm going to go at my own pace and hopefully I keep progressing", he said.
It seems a long, long time since Andy Murray's tennis fans saw the roaring face, the clenched fist, and the intense tennis that has made him such a favourite at home and across the world.
Cilic and Anderson were knocked out in the second round, while Dimitrov didn't make it past the first round having waited four days to play his opening match.
Outspoken Australian player Nick Kyrgios swore at officials and accused them of "rigging" his first-round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, which he won 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Murray and Lopez won the first set 6-4 at Queen's Club and had just broken Evans and Skupski to bring the second set back on serve at 4-5.
"I knew some of the calls weren't going to be great". Lopez thumped down a couple of aces, and they served out the match, 6-3, in under an hour and a quarter.
For some, it affects the way they think, but it doesn't affect me in that way.
That's been on aeroplanes, because I get butterflies and sweaty palms when I take off on flights.