Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Murray gears up for two China events

Murray gears up for two China events

Though he has yet to decide on his US Open participation, Andy Murray will feature in singles for two tournaments in China next month.

Murray will face Richard Gasquet in the first round in Cincy. Indeed, such was the distress and pain he suffered in Australia that it seemed probable that Murray may never play at the elite level again-and he certainly believed that to be the case before taking the big decision have hip surgery for the second time. That's the situation I'm in and I would have signed up for being in this position that I'm in right now six months ago. "I'll just deal with it as it comes, but hopefully it makes for some exciting early rounds".

The 32-year-old, who has undergone two major hip procedures, will face off against Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the opening round with the victor to face fourth seed Dominic Thiem.

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.

That was far from the case, with a hip resurfacing a few weeks later giving him fresh hope. The Western & Southern Open offered him a wild-card slot, and he'll use the tournament near Cincinnati as a gauge.

Now with a metal covering on part of his hip, Murray says he is pain-free but knows it will take time to regain his agility and movement around the court. "I'm not expecting to be moving as well as I used to but I still think I can probably move better than I am just now". But that will take time.

The 32-year-old Scotsman has fallen to 325th in the world rankings after his January operation to ease nagging hip pain.

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His singles return reunites the "Big Four" for the first time since the Australian Open. Defending champion Novak Djokovic, seven-time champion Roger Federer and 2013 champion Rafael Nadal also are in the tournament.

Djokovic won Cincinnati for the first time a year ago after five finals losses, beating Federer to claim the only ATP Masters 1000 title that had eluded him.

Andy Murray was the player who ended Gasquet's best campaign here back in 2015 in the quarter-finals but this was when the Brit was at the height of his powers.

"I was speaking to him maybe three times a week from when he had his operation and even before", Murray said of his communication with the recovering Bryan.

"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".

In the two opening matches on the men's side Sunday, 11th-seeded John Isner served 27 aces while beating Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (3), 1-6, 7-5, getting his only break point of the match to finish it.

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