Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Murray ready to go it alone in Cincinnati

Murray ready to go it alone in Cincinnati

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.

However, if the Brit is smart, he will look to exploit the Frenchman standing far too defensively at the back of the court, and in general Murray has had the variety to undo the Frenchman, who last beat Murray on the clay in 2012!

Murray could then play at the US Open in NY if he feels fit enough.

Andy Murray has dropped to the world No. 325 in the ATP rankings following his operation in January to resurface his hip after the Australian Open 2019.

Murray last played singles at the Australian Open, where he suggested retirement could be on the horizon before falling to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.

"I think physically, you know, my legs were a little bit heavy at the end of the match in comparison to maybe what they normally would be if you played, you know, a bunch". After some positive doubles results on his surgically repaired hip, Murray took a wildcard into the Cincinnati event where he draws the very-beatable Richard Gasquet to play the very-beatable Dominic Thiem. The Western & Southern Open offered him a wild-card slot, and he'll use the tournament near Cincinnati as a gauge.

Murray, who looked rusty against Gasquet, added: "If I would have taken the wild card and then not played, then I would have been getting loads of questions about my hip and, 'Why has he turned it down?"

"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. I've got some great... 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.

Alto has been made of Murray's return to singles action, with Rafael Nadal claiming it's good news the Scot is back. Nadal won the Rogers Cup on Sunday in Montreal. Andreescu won in Toronto after Serena Williams retired with back problems.

In the first match on Stadium Court, 20th-ranked Elise Mertens dispatched local favorite Caty McNally 7-5, 6-0 to set up a second-round match with Elina Svitolina, the No. 7 seed and a semifinalist at Wimbledon.

He then partnered Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men's doubles draw at Wimbledon, but suffered a first-round defeat.

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