Former world no.1 and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has been working hard on his comeback in the last couple of months, leaving doubles duties behind and focusing on improving his singles performance. Andy fought well in Zhuhai where Alex de Minaur defeated him in three sets after more than two hours and 40 minutes, heading to Beijing where he scored wins against Matteo Berrettini and Cameron Norrie to hit the quarter-final versus Dominic Thiem.
The Austrian seized that one 6-2, 7-6 but Andy left the court happy with the way he performed against one of the best players in the world, confident about his chances of repeating that in Shanghai and the rest of the season.
Receiving a wild card for the penultimate Masters 1000 event of the season, Murray will play his first match at Shanghai Masters since 2016 against Juan Ignacio Londero on Monday, hoping to continue where he left three years ago when he won the title without losing a set and only 27 games dropped.
By the end of the year, Andy should play a couple of more events in Europe, happy after delivering this level and eager to get back where he belongs in 2020. "Until maybe a month ago, I didn't know I would be right at the top level", Murray said.
"Since I got in China, I feel like I have been competitive against all of the players I have competed against. I challenged a top-10 player, a top-20 player and a top-30 player, not winning all the matches but feeling like I've done really well.
Hopefully, over the next month or two, I can keep progressing a little bit, I don't think I have got to the end of that road yet."