After recovering from that, an abdominal injury sidelined him for the rest of the season and he began his pre-season preparations late after opting to have ankle surgery to clear up a persistent niggle.
"It's been really hard, 18 months, a lot of ups and downs".
"So I'm happy I'm back out here again, I want to try and enjoy it as much as I can and just try and enjoy playing tennis as long as I can".
Murray was a break down at 2-1 after looping a backhand way beyond the baseline and continued to look out of sorts before getting back on serve at 4-4.
The 31-year-old Briton has slipped to 240th in the world rankings following surgery on his troublesome hip and admitted after overcoming Duckworth that he does not know how much longer his career will last.
"I was a bit nervous".
A two-time champion in Brisbane, Murray took his chances - converting three of four break points in his first match since September.
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Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Brisbane International on Wednesday to focus on being ready for the Australian Open, which will be his first competitive tournament since a knee injury forced him to retire from the U.S. Open semifinals in September. "I tried to play, I wanted to play, but recommendations from the doctors [were otherwise]", he said. I'm not finished playing tennis yet.
Nadal, who had a first round bye, was scheduled to play his second round match against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday.
Murray returned to the court last June and played just 12 complete matches past year.
Despite the disruptions last season, Nadal won five titles, including his 11th French Open, and reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
The 32-year-old Spaniard is hoping he can still win the season's first major, which starts on January 14, despite his lack of match preparation.
Edmund, the world number 14 and third seed, lost 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to the qualifier. "Just doing little things now to try to help me in the long run". And I'm going to work as hard as I can, and I'm going to play and practice with the highest tactical possible to be 100 percent ready for Melbourne. I think when you obviously play better players... they will expose any errors that you make in your game or any shots that you're not hitting particularly well.
"It's the first match of the year - I have like 80 more matches to go", she added.