Andy Murray just wants to get a good run of matches in order to get his body used to the physical on court pressures having lost in the opening round of the US Open to Stefanos Tsitsipas in what was an exciting five-set thriller.
I haven't really done that for a number of years but my body is responding pretty well so far Andy Murray
With that objective in mind, he entered the Rennes Challenger last week and to his disappointment, the former world number one, again failed to get past the opening round but now back on the ATP Tour at the 250 Moselle Open in Metz, France, he has brought that negative run to an end with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 win over the sixth seeded Frenchman, Ugo Humbert and faces Canadian Vasek Pospisil, a 6-2 6-4 victor over a French wildcard, Gregoire Barrerre, in round two.
The Brit showed his usual tenacity to come back from a set down and will need that sort of attitude to defeat Pospisil who has the game to trouble the three-time grand slam champion but not if he can just rediscover some of the form he had before his hip operations.
To fulfil his current objective, Murray, currently ranked 113 who is a Metz wild card entry, has also picked up wildcards for San Diego (27/9-3/10) and Antwerp (18/10-24/10), commented: “I want to play as much as I can. Hopefully I win lots of matches, improve my ranking and get my body used to competing week in, week out again.
“I haven’t really done that for a number of years but my body is responding pretty well so far.”
A second round victory could pitch him up against the top seed, Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz who, following a first round bye, still has to play through against either Lucas Pouille of France or Canadian qualifier Brayden Schnur who have yet to complete their opening match..