Murray eyeing improvement after winning return in Cincinnati

Former world number one Andy Murray said he can “definitely improve” after winning his first match of the year at the ATP Western & Southern Open.

Murray had not featured on the ATP Tour since claiming the European Open in Antwerp last October, however, the three-time grand slam champion made his return on Saturday.

In Cincinnati, Murray – who saved a set point in the first set tie-break – outlasted Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-1 in the opening round of the Masters tournament.

“I thought I moved well today,” two-time Cincinnati champion Murray said after two hours, 28 minutes on court, with the US Open on the horizon this month.

“That was probably the thing I was most happy with and probably the thing I was most apprehensive about going into the match.

“I thought I moved pretty well. My tennis could have been better.

“I did some things well at the end, but I could definitely improve in terms of my game.”

Next up for Murray is fifth seed Alexander Zverev as the 33-year-old steps up his preparations for the US Open in New York amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Murray added: “[Zverev has] obviously been up at the top of the game for a number of years now.

“It will be a good test for me, for sure… He moves well for a big guy, solid off the ground. [He] has struggled at times with his serve. When he’s serving well, he’s obviously one of the top players in the world.”

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