No­vak’s will­ing a Mur­ray re­turn

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NO­VAK DJOKOVIC is will­ing Andy Mur­ray to re­cover from in­jury in time for Wim­ble­don.

Mur­ray’s prospects of mak­ing it to SW19 by July 2 look slim due to dif­fi­cul­ties fol­low­ing his hip surgery in Jan­uary.

The Scot (inset) is due to re­turn in Ros­malen in Hol­land in 10 days. But his team say that will only hap­pen if the 30-year-old is fully fit, and that looks doubt­ful.

Djokovic reached the third round of the French Open yes­ter­day with a 7-6 6-4 6-4 win over Spa­niard Jaume Mu­nar to con­tinue his come­back af­ter an el­bow in­jury.

The Serb has plenty of sym­pa­thy for Mur­ray’s plight.

He said: “I can only imag­ine how dif­fi­cult it is for him to deal with the in­jury. That’s some­thing that I can re­late to.

“I have had quite a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, al­though his in­jury ob­vi­ously takes more time.

“Hope­fully we can see him back play­ing on from IAIN STE­WART in Paris grass, be­cause that’s where he wants to play.”

Djokovic said he has strug­gled for mo­ti­va­tion fol­low­ing his in­jury.

The for­mer world No.1 has slipped to 22nd in the rank­ings.

He said: “At the mo­ment, I’m not play­ing at the level I wish to, but I un­der­stand that it is a process that takes time.

“I never thought I was go­ing to be chal­lenged in this way men­tally.” Djokovic, 31, yes­ter­day faced a player 10 years his ju­nior but ground down Mu­nar to take his sec­ond match with­out drop­ping a set and will next face another Spa­niard, Roberto Bautista Agut. BRI­TAIN’S Cameron Norrie fought back af­ter los­ing the first two sets 6-2 6-4 against French­man Lu­cas Pouille. Norrie upped his game against the 15th seed to take the third set 7-5 be­fore the fad­ing light ended play.

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