British No. 1 Andy Murray had recently mentioned that he was satisfied with his recovery, as well as his performance at the Australian Open. The 26-year-old reached the quarter-final stage of the event, where he lost to 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in four sets. While he admit he is still yet to regain his old form, he has come a long way since going under the knife back in September.
Just over three weeks removed from his first professional encounter since returning from back surgery, Murray is proud of his recovery and his ability to contest a high-level match and is confident that the remainder of his recovery will proceed smoothly.
“I do all the same recovery stuff as I used to, I just don’t have to spend as much time with the recovery stuff because it’s obviously improved since the surgery. I just have to monitor it and stay on top of it because it’s pretty early stages still. I played my first match only three weeks ago and I’ve played a lot of tennis since then, so I’m happy with the way it’s held up and the rest of my body.”
Murray will now have to shift his preparation to clay courts, as the upcoming Davis Cup tie against the USA takes place in a specially built court inside the stadium home of the San Diego Padres. It is a surface that is particularly taxing on Murray’s knees and is certainly not his favoured surface coming off his recent back surgery. It is a challenge that the Brit is prepared for.
The two-time Grand Slam champion’s potential opponents at the anticipated tie will include American No. 1 John Isner and No. 51 Sam Querrey, who could prove to be gruelling challenges for the Brit, particularly on a clay court.
“I always enjoy playing Davis Cup,” he said. “I just need to look to try and recover now as quickly as possible because matches like this would normally take a couple of days. I haven’t played a match like this for a while so it’ll take me a little bit longer to feel good again. I’ll need to take a bit of rest, and obviously, with travel and stuff and adjusting to a new surface, that’s going to be another challenge. Hopefully I can do that OK.”
The Davis Cup tie is scheduled to take place between January 31st – February 2nd.