Murray can get back to his best, says Delgado
The encouraging news is mounting for Andy Murray, below, before his return to the Tour in the new year. His travelling coach, Jamie Delgado, sounded as confident as Roger Federer had earlier in the week about the Scot’s chances of coming back competitively from a hip injury that at one point seemed bad enough to end his career.
“He played the exhibition last week in Scotland with Federer, that was good,” Delgado told Sky Sports. “That was the first time [since losing to Sam Querrey in the semi-finals at Wimbledon four months ago] that he had played against anyone at that level.
“His body recovered well after that. Then a few days later we came down here to practise with [Dominic] Thiem. That was a progression as well. He enjoyed it. “It was great to be back here and see all the guys again and also to give him the feel of coming to a tennis event. He hasn’t been to one for a few months. [He is] missing that a lot. He will need that, practising with those guys over the next couple of months to get him ready for next year.”
All the signs are positive for his return, Delgado added.
“The plan is to start in Brisbane in the first week of the year and then there is a week’s gap between that and the Australian Open. We are in the process now of getting ready for a few weeks and try to get a pre-season block together, try and get some good players to practise with and pick up that level and get ready for Australia. We are very confident and hopeful that he will be back to his best.” SHANGHAI MASTERS (China)
First round: J Trump (Eng) bt A Burden (Eng) 5-0;
B Hawkins (Eng) bt D Wells (Wal) 5-2; Cao Yupeng (Chn) bt M Holt (Eng) 5-0; Liang Wenbo (Chn) bt
J J Astley (Eng) 5-2; J Perry (Eng) bt M Selt (Eng) 5-1; J Higgins (Sco) bt I Preece (Wal) 5-1;
R Williams (Eng) bt Yuan Sijun (Chn) 5-4; M Selby (Eng) bt C Wakelin (Eng) 5-4; A McManus (Sco) bt D Dale (Wal) 5-4; L Brecel (Bel) bt M Stevens (Wal) 5-0; M Fu (HK) bt H Vafaei Ayouri (Irn) 5-0; A Carter (Eng) bt S Carrington (Eng) 5-3; M Gould (Eng) bt Li Yuan (Chn) 5-0; G Greene (NI) bt Soheil Vahedi (Irn) 5-3; S Maguire (Sco) bt R McLeod (Eng) 5-4; Mei Xiwen (Chn) bt A Duffy (Eng) 5-4.
Men: 1 D Johnson (US) 11.76pts ave; 2 J Spieth (US) 9.90; 3 J Thomas (US) 9.00.
Women: 1 Shanshan Feng (Chn) 8.46pts ave; 2 Sung Hyun Park (Kor) 8.44; 3 So Yeon Ryu (Kor) 8.43. NBA
Golden State 110 Orlando 100; LA Clippers 105 Philadelphia 109; Milwaukee 110 Memphis 103; New Orleans 106 Atlanta Hawks 105; New York Knicks 101 Cleveland 104; Phoenix 93 LA Lakers 100; Portland 99 Denver 82; Utah 98 Minnesota 109; Washington 110 Sacramento 92.
Calgary 7 St Louis 4; Carolina 5 Dallas 1.
TOUR MATCH (first day of four) Townsville: Australia Invitational XI v England (0.01 Wednesday)
WOMEN’S TOUR MATCH
Sydney: Governor-General XI v England (7.30am).