Serious question marks remain about Andy Murray‘s fitness ahead of the Australian Open after he was beaten 6-2 by Roberto Bautista Agut in a one-set exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
The Scot, who is working his way back from hip problems, stepped in after Novak Djokovic‘s own Melbourne hopes were plunged into doubt when he was forced to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship having experienced more pain in his elbow.
But Murray was sufficiently happy with how he felt during the contest to stick to his plan to head to his scheduled comeback tournament in Brisbane next week.
The two-time Wimbledon champion left the court in Abu Dhabi and travelled to the airport for a flight to Australia on Friday evening.
‘The former world number one, now ranked 16, said: ‘I felt better as it went along – obviously a bit slow at the start.
‘Roberto is one of the best players in the world and when you haven’t competed for a long while it takes time to get back up to that pace.
‘I started to feel a bit better towards the end, but I’ll need to keep improving for sure.’
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