While rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori pulled out of their first ATP stops, Andy Murray is forging onward and will at least be on site in Brisbane.
The Scot who is recovering from a hip injury, has a first round bye before facing the Ryan Harrison-Leonardo Mayer winner. But he didn’t look great during an exo set against Roberto Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi, leaving some concern if he would be ready for an official match next week.
“I felt better as it went along, but I’ll need to keep improving for sure,” Murray said of the 6-2 loss to the Spaniard. “It was a bit slow at the start. When you haven’t competed for a long while it takes time to get back up to that pace.”
Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed along with Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios. The tournament earlier lost Nadal (knee) and Nishikori (wrist) to injury.
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