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Former British number one Andy Murray was pleased to have come through another sticky assignment at the Shanghai Masters. He came from a set down to beat Juan Ignacio Londero to make it through to the second round of the competition.
This was the fourth win in three weeks for Murray as he returns to full fitness after a back operation at the beginning of 2019. The injury that he sustained was a repetitive one, and the surgery almost ended his career.
The former Grand Slam winner vowed to return to the court after his emotional exit at the Australian Open in 2019, and so he did at his home event at Wimbledon.
He played mixed doubles with Serena Williams, as well as the men’s doubles. Ultimately, he didn’t win either, but it gave the home fans something to be happy for.
However, he has now admitted that he is targeting a return to singles competition and hopes that he can remain competitive even with all his current health conditions.
The Brit has soared through the rankings over recent weeks, as he has risen from 503rd to 289th after reaching the quarterfinal stage in Beijing last weekend.
Ultimately, the step-up in class was too much for Murray, and he fell to Dominic Thiem.
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However, after dropping the first set against Londero, he battled back to get over the finishing line. There were flashes of his all-court game to see off the number 56 seed 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The three-time Grand Slam winner is using this competition as a way to build up his match fitness, as he bids for a strong showing at the Australian Open in January.
His strong showing last week to get to the last eight of a competitive field was an indication that he could get back to his best. Murray will be hoping for more of the same in Shanghai.
Speaking after the match, Murray said: “I got better as the match went on – I had to start going for my shots a bit more.”
The competition also features Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but Murray is refusing to look past his next opponent who is Fabio Fognini. The 12th seed in the world has ambitions of his own as he plans to have a strong showing in this event and then secure his place at the ATP Finals in London.
Murray however, will have a day’s rest before taking to the court again, and he will be looking to build on his impressive victory of fellow Italian Matteo Berrettini last week. However, this will be a big step up in terms of quality of opponent.
Speaking last week, Murray was keen to remain competitive against the top 30 in the world. He said: “Even until a few weeks ago, maybe a month ago, I didn’t know competitive I would be right at the top level.”
“Since I got here (China) I feel like in the matches I have played, I have been competitive against all of the players I have played against.
“I played a top 10 player, a top 20 player, a top 30 player. Obviously, I haven’t won all the matches, but I felt like I’ve done really well.
“Hopefully, over the next month, two months, I can keep progressing a little bit. I don’t think I have got to the end of that road yet.”
What does this mean for Andy Murray?
Time will tell whether Murray will reach his peak again, but his price is already beginning to shorten for the Australian Open.
It remains unlikely that he will be able to hold up to the best players, but the early signs are that he could be building for an impressive showing Down Under.
The current market leader remains the irrepressible Novak Djokovic. The Slovak is paying +125 @ SportsBetting to win the Shanghai Masters.