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Murray upbeat at start of long road to fitness

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray will head home from Australia in a positive mood after beginning his rehabilitation from hip surgery.

Murray (below) headed Down Under with the intention of resuming his career after a six-month lay-off, but he pulled out of the Brisbane International and his withdrawal from the Australian Open soon followed.

It was at that point he decided to go under the knife in Melbourne to fix his injury and will now return to the United Kingdom to continue his recovery.

He said on Facebook: "Not the sort of trip I envisaged on the way over here... was pumped to get back competing at the Australian Open but ended up getting hip surgery and doing crosswords with my mum?? Heading home positive about the future...??"

The 30-year-old two-time Wimbledon champion is targeting a return in time for the grass-court season, which begins in June.

Meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov survived an almighty scare against qualifier Mackenzie McDonald to reach the third round of the Australian Open.

The third seed, a semi-finalist in Melbourne 12 months ago, remarkably lost the fourth set to love, but eventually sealed a 4-6 6-2 6-4 0-6 8-6 victory.

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