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Andy Murray comes from behind for first win since Wimbledon withdrawal

Andy Murray comes from behind for first win since Wimbledon withdrawal

He took part in the Queen's Club and Eastbourne events earlier in the grass-court season, losing to Edmund at the latter, but a reunion is on the cards on the hard courts of the United States capital providing Murray overcomes a player who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Andy Murray converted on his seventh match point to beat Mackenzie McDonald in three sets and set up a tie against fellow Brit Kyle Edmund at the Citi Open.

Murray, 31, is still a long way short...

He failed to convert any of the five match points he held while serving for the win against the American at 5-4 in the final set before eventually closing out the match three games later.

An emotional Andy Murray made a triumphant return to hardcourt Monday in his first match on the surface for almost 17 months, outlasting Mackenzie McDonald at the ATP Washington Open.

"It was great to get through that one", he said, "but in terms of the actual way that I went about the match and played the match, I wasn't that happy with it". "I've done pretty well in practice".

"I fought hard and I had to", Murray said.

Murray said he began working out on hardcourts as Wimbledon began to build his fitness for this week.

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Murray is a former No.1 who owns two Wimbledon trophies plus another from the US Open.

He walked awkwardly around the court between points, especially in the lengthy third set when at one point he grabbed his hamstring and winced in pain.

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki pulled out of the women's draw because of an injured right leg, while defending champion Ekaterina Makarova lost her first-round match to Ana Bogdan 7-6 (2), 6-3.

Andy Murray says he feels like he is starting from scratch as he attempts to climb back up the rankings following his comeback from hip surgery.

'Like know if I win a couple of matches (in Washington) then I could move up 300 or 400 spots in a week. Murray made minor adjustments and improvements to his game, winning more points off his forehand, improving the pace and depth on his regular groundstrokes.

"I want to stay healthy through the end of the year", Murray said.

"Certainly since I first came on tour there's significantly more testing but that doesn't mean there is necessarily enough because in comparison with other sports we don't get tested loads". Murray said that he feels in some ways he will be starting his career all over again with this tournament. I enjoyed it but I don't think it's something I would do full time like after I finish playing.


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