Leon Smith had a positive comment for how Andy Murray performed against Roger Federer last week in the exhibition match played in Glasgow. The captain of the British Davis Cup team noticed a good improvement in Murray's hip condition. 'It’s still a long way to go before putting yourself through a fully competitive match', Smith told The Telegraph. 'But considering where he was eight weeks ago and that there is eight weeks until Australia it is very encouraging. The good thing now is that he can focus totally on getting ready for that. We have seen him working out in front of a big crowd and even if it was only an exhibition it is still playing versus Roger Federer in front of your home crowd. The whole thing should have sharpened his senses. I don’t think Roger was bluffing when he said he was also pleasantly surprised at how well Andy was moving either.'
Murray said he hopes to play again in Brisbane in the first week of 2018 season, and has not been competing since the Wimbledon quarter-finals loss to Sam Querrey. 'Andy has obviously had a frustrating year, and we have really missed him in the second half. But after last night there should be a lot of excitement about what he might be able to do next season', added Smith.