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(Reuters) – Former world primary Andy Murray stated he expects to be again to his bodily greatest by January subsequent 12 months, 12 months after he had hip resurfacing surgical procedure in a bid to salvage his profession.

Murray, 32, made his long-awaited singles return on the Cincinnati Masters on Monday — his first singles match since an opening-round Australian Open exit in January — the place he misplaced in straight units to Richard Gasquet.

Though Murray performed doubles and combined doubles at Wimbledon, he introduced on Monday he wouldn’t play singles on the U.S. Open as he strives to get again to peak fitness that will permit him to play five-set matches at Grand Slams.

“I feel 9 to 12 months after the operation is after I would count on to be getting near the perfect that I will be bodily. And pace clever I needs to be absolutely recovered by 12 months,” Murray advised BBC Sport.

That might give him a sensible likelihood of competing on the Australian Open, the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months, which begins on Jan. 20 in Melbourne.

“Speeds have improved, however they’re fairly linear speeds, and repeatable exams, whereas on a match courtroom you might be altering path and having to react to balls and anticipate,” Murray added.

“The way in which to get that again is by enjoying matches. You’ll be able to hit as many pace targets as you want, however when you get out on courtroom it is very completely different.”

The three-time Grand Slam champion stated over the weekend that he can be enjoying on the inaugural Zhuhai Championships, which shall be held two weeks after the U.S. Open ends subsequent month.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying by Christian Radnedge)