Andy Murray has admitted that his “hip felt pretty good” on his return from injury and the exhibition match against Roger Federer “went better than expected”.
The three-time Grand Slam champion has not featured in competitive tennis since his Wimbledon quarter-final exit to Sam Querrey but appeared to move well during his singles match against Federer in Glasgow at a sold-out Hydro.
The Swiss won on a tie-break after both men shared the opening two sets 6-3 in the match which was part of the Andy Murray Live fundraiser.
Murray said after the one hour and 40-minute match: “My hip felt pretty good, not perfect yet but it’s going in the right direction. I’ve got eight weeks until my first tournament of next year and hopefully I’ll be there.”
He added: “It went better than I expected. I was just really happy to be out here and it went pretty well. There are things I want to do better but, for a first match in four or five months, it went great. I felt pretty good, not perfect yet, but I’m going in the right direction.”
The British No 1 indicated prior to the charity match that he was aiming for a return to the tour at the Brisbane International in the New Year but that he would only return when he was “100 per cent fit”.
The match was played in a relaxed fashion – Federer played one game wearing a kilt while Murray wore a tam o’shanter tartan hat.
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