QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN 2014
Murray Returns To Action In Doha
by ATP Staff|
World No. 4 Andy Murray makes his return to tour-level play for the first time in three months when he faces wild card Qatari Mousa Shanan Zayed at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Tuesday.
Murray underwent back surgery after the 2013 US Open to repair a bone spur, causing him to miss the final events of season including the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Now back in competition, he Scot sets his sights for a strong run in Melbourne.
"If I could get a total seven or eight matches under my belt between now and the Australian Open, that would be good," said Murray. "I just need to play matches now, and that's when I will see whether it's been a real success or not, but it's been good so far and I'm not in any pain just now." To maximise his time on court, the World No. 4 has paired with Nenad Zimonjic in the Doha doubles draw; the pair advanced to the quarter-finals with a win over Daniel Brands and Florian Mayer.
Murray, who owns 28 singles titles on the ATP World Tour, credits his team for helping with his recovery. "I have a lot to thank them for, because they all did a really good job. We always get asked about the coaches when things go well and when you win matches, but I [also] have a very good team of people behind me and they all worked extremely hard, did all of the right things and didn't rush me or push me too hard too early. They were very patient."
The 2013 Wimbledon champion plans to adjust his tournament schedule to fit the needs of his back. "I'll have to play it by ear a little bit. I don't know exactly how I'm going to feel, and the only way to know how you're going to feel is by playing matches.
"I don't want to take long periods off, and just now I'd like to try and play as many tournaments as I can and matches as I can. I'm playing Acapulco this year for the first time. I have never played there before," said the 26 year old.
"The last couple of years I haven't played between the Australian Open and Indian Wells, so that's something a bit different. But apart from that I'll be doing pretty much the same stuff."