Former world No. 1 Andy Murray leaves the Zhuhai Championships encouraged with his progress despite losing a tight round-of-16 match. The 32-year-old left it all on the court but it wasn't enough as rising Australian star Alex de Minaur claimed a 4-6 6-2 6-4 win over the Briton in two hours and 42 minutes of play.
The Zhuhai campaign was a great test for Murray's hip as the three-time Grand Slam champion edged out Tennys Sandgren in the first round after two hours and 41 minutes of play. "My movement is much better than it was about six weeks ago, eight weeks ago,” Murray said after falling just short against de Minaur, per The Guardian.
“It's nice to finish a long match like that [the Sandgren win] and not have pain in my hip and problems sleeping afterwards." Murray, now ranked at No. 413 in the world, won't be resting too much as he returns to action next week at the China Open in Beijing.
"Yesterday was the first time in my entire career that I didn't practice the day before a match. I was tired after the first round and tried to sort of rest and recover as much as possible. I'm trying to look at just other ways to give my body a bit of a break and a rest when I can.
I was hitting the ball very well, but my shot selection [and] mentality could be better. The more matches that I play physically, I'll get a bit better as well," Murray added.