Andy Murray upbeat about singles return and ability to compete with the best again

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Andy Murray

He has made a positive comeback in the doubles and now Andy Murray has set his sights on a return to the singles, saying there is no reason why can’t compete with the best in the business again.

Having undergone hip surgery at the end of January, the three-time Grand Slam winner finally made his competitive comeback in the men’s doubles in June.

Meanwhile in the singles, the status quo remains as the Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic continue to dominate.

Now that he is pain-free again, Murray sees no reason why he can’t get back to the top and challenge the likes of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic again.

“I know how bad I felt in Australia and how bad I felt the last year that I played singles here, and I feel better now than I did then,” he said.

“So if physically I can get back to a good level, my tennis is still fine. I’m sure that tennis wise I will be able to keep up with guys. I don’t feel that the game has moved on and I won’t be able to get back.

“A lot of the same guys are still there. Why not? If someone can give me a reason why I shouldn’t be able to compete again, then I would listen to it, but so far I haven’t really been given one.”

Murray’s successful doubles return saw him win the Queen’s Club title alongside Feliciano Lopez and his doubles journey continues at Wimbledon as he is competing in the mixed event alongside Serena Williams.

Having played singles for the majority of his career, Murray is enjoying the camaraderie that comes with the doubles.

“It’s just different, singles and doubles,” he said. “There is a lot more self-analysis in singles. It’s your responsibility. The thing that is nice with doubles is that when you win you are winning with someone else and it is enjoyable.

“When me and Feli won at Queen’s, we went out and bonded with each other, had dinner and that sort of stuff. In singles at the end of matches it is on you and that is the thing I’ve always had that is kind of different to doubles really.

“At Queen’s, for example, we won the end of that final because of Feli, he played brilliant at the end of the match. So it is difficult to know how responsible you were for certain things. That’s the thing that is different about it that I am not used to as much.”

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