‘Things are going in the right direction,’ declares Andy Murray after big win

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He admits he is not quite sure yet if he can play three or four matches in a week, but Andy Murray believes he is on the up after claiming his biggest win since undergoing hip surgery.

A week after securing his first singles win on the ATP Tour following his career-saving operation in January, the former world No 1 made it two wins in the space of a week as he claimed the scalp of world No 13 Matteo Berrettini in the first round of the China Open on Tuesday.

Murray admitted last week after his second-round defeat to Alex de Minaur at the Zhuhai Championships that he didn’t feel he was at a level to compete regularly with top 20 or top 30 players.

However, he got the better of US Open semi-finalist Berrettini, winning 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (9-7) in just over two hours.

Unsurprisingly the three-time Grand Slam winner is feeling upbeat and feels he took a major step forward in Zhuhai.

“I didn’t really feel like I was playing at a great level [against Gasquet in Cincinnati],” he is quoted as saying by Metro.co.uk. “Whereas even last week [in Zhuhai], although I lost in the second round [to Minaur], I felt like I was playing Tour-level tennis. I think things are going in the right direction.

“Last week was a big step for me. Now I just need to try and get the matches, get them consistently, so that I’m used to playing three, four matches in a week.

“Right now, at this level, I don’t know if I’m ready to do that or not. So the more I can get through these sort of matches like I did today, I’ll get there a little bit quicker.”

Next up for Murray is fellow Brit Cameron Norrie.

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