Murray expects return to ‘high level’ after injury woes

LONDON (AFP) – Andy Murray insisted he can still play at a “high level” after stepping up his return to fitness in a defeat against Kyle Edmund at the ‘Battle of the Brits’ event on Wednesday.

Former world number one Murray was playing just his second match since November following a bruised bone.

The two-time Wimbledon champion showed impressive movement and all of his usual tenacity to take the first set, but Edmund hit back to win 6-7, 7-6, 10/5 behind closed doors in Roehampton.

“To be honest, I am not bothered about the results of the match, after a match like that I hope my hip is OK, and I pull up well from it,” Murray said.

“I know if my hip is good, my tennis will only improve and get better over the next few months. If I can get consistent practice.

“That is my hope. The hip feels good. If I play like that and do a few things better, sharpen up a couple of things, I will play high level tennis.

“My groin is a little bit sore today, I felt it in practice and at the beginning of my match, but as the match went on, it felt alright.”