Murray to make Grand Slam return at Oz Open
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.
BACK IN FRAY: Andy Murray