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Rusedski says Murray taking the right path

 

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

By Mark Bryans

Andy Murray's decision not to play in the US Open doubles gives a "great message" about his progress towards a singles return, according to former British No.1 Greg Rusedski.

The 32-year-old Murray, who underwent hip surgery seven months ago in a bid to save his career, returned to singles action last week when he lost 4-6 4-6 to Richard Gasquet at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

He had initially returned in doubles competition to ease back into the swing of things but confirmed on Friday that he would not continue to do so at the US Open.

Murray will instead play an ATP Tour event - the Winston-Salem Open - where he will face Tennys Sandgren in the first round on Monday night, and Rusedski believes it could prove a wise decision from the two-time Wimbledon winner.

"It gives a great message to be quite honest," Rusedski said.

"I thought he got better in his match with Gasquet and for not having played a match in singles since the Australian Open.

"I thought he got better in the second set, starting moving better and he is getting his focus back onto what he loves doing - playing singles.

"I think it was the right decision, I don't think that physically he was ready to do three out of five set matches back-to-back."

Added Rusedski: "He is playing in Winston-Salem and has a good opportunity to win his first match. He knows the goal is to be ready for 2020."

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