Beijing (AFP/APP): Andy Murray said his return to tennis is going “in the right direction” after the former number one claimed his biggest scalp Tuesday since career-saving hip surgery.
The Briton defeated US Open semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) in just over two hours at the China Open in smoggy Beijing. Murray meets compatriot Cameron Norrie in the last 16 after a gutsy victory over the 13th-ranked Italian.
Murray, 32, a three-time Grand Slam winner, said he had made big strides since the first singles match of his return, a defeat at the Cincinnati Masters in mid-August.
Last week in Zhuhai he won his first ATP singles match since January’s major operation.