Speaking to reporters in Cincinnati Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic commented on Andy Murray playing singles again. The Brit will open his run against the Frenchman Richard Gasquet. The Swiss said: “You do have a sense of how things will go before your first match.
Are you crushing everybody in the practice sets or losing more often than not? How’s the pain and your movement? It’s obviously not something you can tell other players or the press, but you know if there’s a chance to have a big run or if you’re just happy being back on Tour and maybe winning a match or two.
I saw him in the locker room after his match against Bautista Agut and he was confused where his career was gonna go. He had a major surgery and he is back playing doubles. I am happy for him. I know it's a long way to go."
Djokovic said: “It’s wonderful news. Andy is a great champion, someone who has earned the respect of all the players in the locker room, so it’s a gift to see him back after having suffered so much in the last three years with injuries.
The Australian Open was already a very emotional event for him, where many people thought of giving him the final goodbye, although we still did not know what was going to happen, if he could one day return to the court. Luckily he could do it in Queen’s playing doubles, even winning the title. His talent is still there, I hope he can stay out of injuries and we can enjoy his tennis for many more years”.