Emotional Murray makes triumphant hardcourt return

Andy Murray

Murray's ranking has fallen to 838th in the world because of his long injury lay-off

The former world number one and three-time grand slam victor was unable to play at Wimbledon in July after initially making his comeback at Eastbourne and Queen's, meaning his ranking slid down to a career-low 832. If I stay fit and healthy, I'll play more against the best players and that will improve my fitness. "It was nice to get it". Skipping Wimbledon in order to give himself more time to be match ready for best of 5 sets might pay off handsomely.

Murray had not played in a hardcourt match since March 2017 at Indian Wells, where he lost in his opening match. "Obviously if you lose a match like that, it's a tough one".

Murray has a 2-1 lead in head-to-head matches against Edmund but the 23-year-old won in straight sets when the pair met in the second round of the Eastbourne International last month.

He added: 'It wasn't so much thinking about hanging the rackets up, I've always planned and wanted to come back. I just want to have a prolonged period on the match-court right now.

Murray has been drawn to face American Mackenzie McDonald in the first round as he steps up his recovery from hip surgery.

Former world number one Andy Murray celebrated a winning return after rallying to beat Mackenzie McDonald in three sets at the ATP Citi Open. His lone win on grasscourts came over Swiss Stan Wawrinka, another three-time Grand Slam victor fighting back from injury. Murray made the most of it when McDonald hit a forehand long to end matters at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday after two hours and 37 minutes.

Playing in just his third tournament in almost a year, the former world No. 1 is trying to raise his ranking back up from its current standing of No. 832.

But Murray drew things level, taking a crucial game nine in the second for a 5-4 lead and serving out the set.

Murray now has an exciting match in prospect as he goes up against Edmund in the second round.

"Without a shot clock, that would have been a three-hour match", Murray said. Murray held on a service victor to force a third set.

Elsewhere American Tim Smyczek won his rain-interrupted match against Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 7-6 (4) 6-2 and will next face Mischa Zverev, who defeated Smyczek in three sets at the Atlanta Open last week.

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