Andy Murray revealed yesterday that he has finally returned to full training after being slowed by the recovery from back surgery the first half of the season.
Murray, who hasn’t reached a tournament final since his 2013 Wimbledon win, did make the semifinals in Paris before getting bounced in the Wimbledon quarters. But going forward he could be a different player.
“I started to feel good, actually, like just before the French Open,” Murray said after a 62, 62 win over Nick Kyrgios Wednesday in Toronto. “My back started to feel good. Back felt fine throughout the French Open and through the grass court season. The only problem was that kind of before that I was able to practice but not sort of train off the court, do the stuff in the gym that, you know, makes you physically strong. That’s something that, you know, these days you need.
“So when I was coming up against the better players, I was just lacking a little bit. But after Wimbledon, I went over to Miami and I really trained like I used to for the first time since the surgery and I felt much better.”
The 9th-ranked Murray added that it was different having Amelie Mauresmo training with him last month in Miami.
“The training block I did in Miami is different to what it was under Ivan, you know, but I’m happy with the way it’s been working so far,” Murray said. “Both of us I think have enjoyed it. I certainly have from my side. Yeah, it’s now up to me to try and produce the results.”
The 2-time Canadian Open winner faces 2-time finalist Richard Gasquet later this afternoon in the third round.
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