Andy Murray targets New Year comeback in Australia but will not rush return after charity match defeat by Roger Federer

Andy Murray is assured he will get better totally from the hip damage which has stored him out of competitors since Wimbledon but says he will return solely when he’s prepared and 100 per cent match.

Murray, who is because of begin his comeback in Australia at the beginning of subsequent yr, was speaking earlier than taking part in a charity exhibition match towards Roger Federer right here on Tuesday night. Federer gained a light-hearted encounter, which was determined by a champions’ tie-break, 6-Three, Three-6, 10-6 because the Scot performed his first match for 4 months on the “Andy Murray Live” occasion on the SSE Hydro.

“I hope I’m there,” Murray stated when requested about his plan to return on the Brisbane International in the primary week of January. “Things have been going fairly effectively thus far in the rehab. But you simply by no means know. You take every week because it comes. You have setbacks after which issues come on fairly rapidly as effectively.

“I’ve been training for a few weeks now. Some days I’ve felt great, some days not so good, but I’m getting there.  I’ll come back when I’m ready and 100 per cent fit.”

Although a relaxed event like this was not the perfect second to evaluate Murray’s health he did not look like in any discomfort as he chased balls to all corners of the courtroom. There had been, nonetheless, moments, notably when he was strolling between factors, when he did not seem to maneuver as freely as he had earlier than struggling the hip damage this summer season.

“For a first match in four or five months it was great,” Murray stated of his efficiency when interviewed on courtroom on the finish of the match. “I really enjoyed it. I felt pretty good – not perfect, but I felt like I’m going in the right direction.”

Federer, making his first go to to Scotland, was given an enormous welcome by a capability crowd of 11,00zero. The Wimbledon champion joined in the spirit of the event by taking part in one recreation in the second set whereas carrying a kilt.

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Murray was clearly in good spirits through the charity match (Getty)

The occasion raised cash for Unicef, the worldwide youngsters’s charity, and, Sunny-sid3up, a Glasgow-based charity that goals to “improve lives and communities in Scotland and overseas”..

Murray, who began the yr as world No 1 but fell this week to No 16 in the rankings, had not performed a match in public since he limped to defeat by Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. He had hoped to return on the US Open on the finish of August but pulled out lower than 48 hours earlier than it was on account of begin.

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Murray and Federer took half in a charity exhibition match on Tuesday evening (Getty)

“I probably made a bit of mistake trying to get ready for the US Open, but it was the last major of the year and I wanted to give it a go,” Murray stated right here.  “Now it’s been time to give my body the rest and recovery it needs and I will come back when I’m ready.”

Federer, who took off the second half of final yr due to a knee downside but has made a surprising return in 2017, stated his greatest recommendation to Murray could be “just to get fit again”.

The Wimbledon champion defined: “Take your time, nonetheless lengthy it takes. When you come again you need to be at 100 per cent. Otherwise the issue is you’re feeling you simply can’t beat the perfect on the large tournaments.

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The former World No 1 has not performed since Wimbledon (Getty Images)

“It’s wise and worthwhile to take the extra week, extra month maybe, because I’m sure Andy is going to have a lot of years left. He shouldn’t hurry, but as a professional athlete you always want to come back as quickly as possible. You need to have goals, but sometimes they need to be postponed.”

Turning to Murray on the pre-event press convention, Federer stated: “It’s nice to see you back on the court. I’ve missed you, man.”

Murray stated he had consulted a lot of specialists after Wimbledon, having suffered with the hip downside because the finish of the French Open.

“Surgery was not recommended for me and obviously that’s great,” he stated. “You by no means know the way you’re going to return again from surgical procedure. If you possibly can go a conservative route it’s higher. So I sat down with my staff and it was like: Let’s simply take time to prepare once more, do the entire rehab, get your self as sturdy as potential.

“That’s one of the few positives of a break like this. You get the opportunity to do a lot of work in the gym and build up your strength and your endurance. You obviously just can’t spend time on the match court.”

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Murray has carried the burden of British expectation since 2012 (Getty)

Murray stated he was assured that he would ultimately make a full restoration. “That’s what I’m working towards, for sure,” he stated. “We have to see, but I believe that will be the case. When I get back on the court next year and start playing again it might not come immediately at the beginning of the year. I might not play my best tennis straight off.”

He added: “I have been hitting the ball very well in practice, but there is a difference between that 75-80 per cent practice and going flat out at 100 per cent for two and a half or three hours on the match court. Until I do that I can’t say for certain, but I think I’ll be able to come back just fine.”

Asked to enter element about his rehabilitation, Murray stated: “Some days I have been on the courtroom for a few hours. Those two hours are not 100 per cent depth. I am engaged on some extra technical issues. I am not doing a large pounding via my physique and thru my joints, but I’ve spent a good period of time on courtroom.

“Certainly I’ve spent more time in the gym with my physios than I have on the tennis court, but in the last week or 10 days I’ve been on the court an hour-and-a-half, two hours, most days, just trying to build up slowly.”

Murray stated he deliberate to do his pre-season coaching in Miami earlier than going to Australia sooner than he has in the previous. “Obviously coming into the beginning of the new year I will be at a bit of a disadvantage because I have not played matches for a long time,” he stated.

“If I can go there a little bit earlier to get used to the conditions, a bit sooner than some of the other players that might help level it up a little bit for me.”


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