‘In the beginning I didn’t feel good’ – Andy Murray admits to initial comeback struggles

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Andy Murray looking strong at Shanghai Masters

Andy Murray has admitted that the early days of his comeback back were very difficult, but he now believes he is improving every single week.

Murray struggled to make any kind of impression in America earlier this year, where he was beaten in the first round of the Citi Open and the Cincinnati Masters.

That prompted him to decline a wildcard for the US Open, opting instead to play a Challenger event in Mallorca to try and regain some confidence.

He returned to the ATP Tour for the Asia swing, though, reaching the quarter-finals in Beijing last week and defeating Juan Ignacio Londero in the opening round of the Shanghai Masters on Monday.

“I think each week I have been feeling good, better,” Murray told atptour.com.

“In the beginning I didn’t necessarily feel good. But last couple of weeks have been, I think, much improved.

“My movement overall has been very good in comparison to what it was over in the States, and I’m hoping that’s something that can get a little bit better.”

Murray faces a tough match against world number 12 Fabio Fognini next, and he knows he needs to expect a genuine battle.

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“I have always had tough matches with him,” Murray said of Fognini.

“He’s not an easy guy to play against. Unbelievably talented guy.

“Good hand skills. Moves well. A little bit up and down sometimes in his matches, but he’s playing really well.”

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