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Federer and Djokovic welcome Murray’s singles return

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic welcomed the return of Andy Murray to singles action at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday (August 12).

Murray has sharpened his game on the practice courts with some of the best players in the world but the Scot says now is the time to really test himself with a return to singles.

Murray had hip resurfacing surgery in January in a bid to salvage his career and eased himself back into competitive action in doubles play.

The 32-year-old is now ready to go it alone and will face Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Monday in what will be his first singles match since losing in the Australian Open first round to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut seven months ago.

Now with a metal covering on part of his hip, Murray says he is pain-free but knows it will take time to regain his agility and movement around the court.

Murray returned to doubles play in June, winning the Queen’s Club title with partner Feliciano Lopez, who he also partnered to the last 16 in Montreal last week and will team up with again in Cincinnati.

Murray, who also played mixed doubles with Serena Williams at Wimbledon, would go against fourth seed Dominic Thiem in the second round if he gets by Gasquet.

(Production: Andy Ragg)

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