Andy Murray set to return to China Open in Beijing

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Andy Murray set to return to China Open in Beijing

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray will be playing at this year's ATP 500 event in Beijing, the tournament announced. Murray, 31, is set to play at the China Open for the fourth time in his career. The Scot debuted in Beijing in 2010 -- when he made the quarter-final.

The 31-year-old made the semi-final at the tournament in 2014 before he made it all the way two years later. Murray, who skipped the entire second part of the 2017 season due to a hip injury, was unable to defend his title in Beijing last year.

The Scot returned to competitive action from a hip surgery in June at the Queen's Club. The 31-year-old played in Queen's and Eastbourne the following week but decided to skip Wimbledon. Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray has returned to action at this week's Citi Open in Washington.

The Scot edged rising American Mackenzie McDonald in a tight first-round match to set up a second-round clash against rising Brit Kyle Edmund. Murray will have a busy schedule in the following weeks as he will be playing three tournaments in as many weeks.

The Scot is due to play at next week's Toronto Masters and then the Cincinnati Masters. This year's Beijing event is set to feature one of the biggest stars of the game. Murray will be joined by defending champion Rafael Nadal and world No.

4 Juan Martin del Potro in Beijing. The Beijing event is due to be held from 01-07 October. Also read: Promising Austrian Jurij Rodionov speaks highly about Dominic Thiem