Mur­ray can get back to his best, says Del­gado

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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.

Golf

WORLD RANK­INGS

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.

Ice hockey

NHL

Cal­gary 7 St Louis 4; Carolina 5 Dal­las 1.

Fix­tures

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).

Snooker Bas­ket­ball

Kevin Mitchell

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