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Murray Enjoying Return To Action

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Murray autographs© Henk KosterAndy Murray signs autographs in the Ricoh booth at Rotterdam on Monday evening.

Andy Murray says that he is enjoying playing tournaments again and not being restricted by back pain.

The World No. 6 told reporters on Monday that he took up a wild card at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament because, “I came back from [a Davis Cup tie in] San Diego happy with the way I was playing.

“I had already had a long break due to my back surgery, so I hadn’t played a lot of matches. When you haven’t played for a long time, you have to get used to competing. I was enjoying playing tournaments and not being in pain. 

“I quite fancied playing a tournament before going to Acapulco. I like the tournament, it is close to London and [as] I don’t have many [Emirates ATP Rankings] points to defend over the next few weeks, it was an opportunity to improve my ranking and to get back on a match court again.”

Murray underwent minor back surgery on 23 September last year and only returned to action in the New Year. He has compiled a 7-2 match record through the first six weeks, including a quarter-final exit to Roger Federer at the Australian Open.

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“It is important for me to challenge my body just now, to see how good it is,” admitted Murray. “I obviously played my first five set matches in Australia, then in the Davis Cup. In those events you have a day off between matches, but if I play well this week I will be competing a few days in a row. The next month or two, I will still be learning about my body. But so far it has been good.

"The first tournament [at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha] was hard, but when I got to Australia I started to feel better. I was practising with top players every day, so my body and game was adjusting to playing that level and intensity again. 

“When I played Federer in the [Australian Open] quarter-finals that was a bit of a shock to the system. The Australian Open may have been a little bit too soon, but I wasn’t far off. My body was stiff and sore after the match.”

Murray, who lifted the 2009 Rotterdam trophy and is the second seed at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor tennis tournament, opens his campaign against Edouard Roger-Vasselin on Wednesday. 

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