"When he drop-shotted, there was a few times I didn't even run to the ball, didn't react to it, and that's nothing to do with my hip", Murray said. I didn't want to take a wild card today because I just didn't know how I was going to feel after a match.
What is most important, however, is that Murray can get through his first singles without pulling up in agony, as we have witnessed over and over since he lost to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in 2017. "I thought it maybe would have changed my perspective completely on things, but I'm sitting here disappointed, which I think is probably a good thing, and if I want to get back to playing at a high level, if I was sort of just happy to be back on the court and not really anxious about the outcome, then I'd be a bit maybe concerned about that". And then performances in practices with top singles players. A lot of challenges remain before he's ready to play at a high level again. I started playing singles a couple weeks ago.
The 32-year-old Scotsman has fallen to 325th in the world rankings after his January operation to ease nagging hip pain.More news: West Ham winger says Hammers can "do better"
The American underwent the same resurfacing procedure as Murray in mid-2018 and made a solid return to competition.
He has chosen the Western & Southern Open to make his competitive return to singles after delighting fans and pundits alike with his nigh on miraculous doubles partnership with Feliciano Lopez at Queen's Club (they are teaming up again this week), as well as mixed doubles with Serena Williams.
He said that he had been suffering from hip pain daily, and that it caused him to struggle with tasks like putting his shoes and socks on.More news: Apple is shutting down features on iPhones with unauthorized batteries and repairs
"I've been recovering fine from practices, I've not had issues later in the day, I think I've handled myself pretty well". But at some stage you have to take the step to try and play. "I reacted and got to a few and won points". 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. "It's gonna be hard but, yeah, that's just what you have to deal with".
"That's the situation I'm in, and I would have signed up for being in this position I'm in six months ago, absolutely", said Murray, wearing a shirt that said "BELIEVE" across the front. Ultimately I'd like to be competing at this level. "The quickest way to get up to speed is by being on the practice and match court with top players", the ATP Tour's website https://www.atptour.com/en/news/murray-cincinnati-2019-preview quoted him as saying.More news: Emotional Hong Kong Leader Urges Calm Amid Protests, Airport Reopens