Andy Murray feeling 'zero pain' ahead of singles return in Cincinnati

He's back Andy Murray returns to singles with healing hip

He's back Andy Murray returns to singles with healing hip

Andy Murray has revealed that practice sessions against "top" players have been going well ahead of his return to singles action.

The 32-year-old is now ready to go it alone and will face Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Monday in what will be his first singles match since losing in the Australian Open first round to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut seven months ago.

The three-time Grand Slam champion underwent a second hip surgery on January 28, receiving metal implants that helped eliminate the pain that had hobbled him for a long time.

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Andy Murray, of Britain, smiles after practice at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Mason, Ohio.

"I'm not expecting to move as well I used to, but I think I can move better than I am now", he said at a news conference.

"I have zero pain", the former world number one said.

He has said until now that the US Open is not on his radar: the gruelling five-set format would probably be a step too far at this stage of his training, though the wild cards for the last Major of the year are yet to be announced.

After so many injuries and a clear uncertainty about the hip procedure, Murray's return since his operation has been surprisingly swift.

Murray began playing doubles at Queen's Club in June, winning that grass court title with Feliciano Lopez.

"Obviously I'll find out on the court tomorrow if I have doubts about my movement and how my hip and stuff is feeling, but I've done what I could to make that easy on myself", Murray said.

The two-time Wimbledon champion partnered his brother, Jamie Murray, at the Citi Open at the end of July, but the duo were knocked out in the quarterfinals. "But I'm not sure I would have tried to play if I hadn't seen what he had done and heard everything he told me about". My team felt like this was the right time to do that.

"If things don't go well and I feel like it might take me a little longer to get up to this level, then that's definitely an option". It's the first tournament for both players since their five-set final at Wimbledon, won by Djokovic in a match considered one of the greatest in history. "I've got some great memories from playing in Beijing, it's a really interesting city, and I'm looking forward to heading back there again!" "The quickest way to get up to speed is by being on the practice and match court with top players", the ATP Tour's website quoted him as saying.

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