Mur­ray to make Grand Slam re­turn at Oz Open

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Mel­bourne: Andy Mur­ray will make his Grand Slam re­turn at the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary, a year af­ter ca­reer­sav­ing hip surgery, tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers an­nounced on Tues­day.

The British three-time ma­jor win­ner has been slowly work­ing his way back to fit­ness and is now ranked 289th — up from 503rd just a week ago.

The 32-year-old won his open­ing match at the Shang­hai Masters on Mon­day, beat­ing Ar­gen­tine qual­i­fier Juan Ig­na­cio Lon­dero in three sets, fol­low­ing a quar­ter­fi­nal ap­pear­ance in Bei­jing last week.

With his con­fi­dence seem­ingly grow­ing by the day, Aus­tralian Open or­gan­is­ers said the for­mer world num­ber one had com­mit­ted to ex­tend­ing his come­back into the ma­jors in Jan­uary.

“Con­firmed: Andy Mur­ray will re­turn to com­pete at the #AusOpen in 2020,” they tweeted. The of­fi­cial Aus­tralian Open web­site said Mur­ray “will re­turn to the main draw with a pro­tected rank­ing of num­ber two and re­stored phys­i­cal pow­ers”.

Djokovic heaps praise on Medvedev:

World No. 1No­vak Djokovic hailed Daniil Medvedev as a “very com­plete player” on Tues­day, hav­ing lost to the young Rus­sian in their last two matches. The 23-year-old Medvedev is at a ca­reer-high fourth in the world and reached the fi­nal at the US Open — only to be on the end of an ago­nis­ing fiveset loss to Rafael Nadal.

Medvedev has won three ti­tles this year in­clud­ing beat­ing Djokovic on the way to claim­ing vic­tory at the Masters in Cincin­nati in Au­gust.

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BACK IN FRAY: Andy Mur­ray

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