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SportAndy Murray steps up singles comeback as Scot takes wild card into Shanghai Masters

13:55  12 september  2019
13:55  12 september  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

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Novak Djokovic was the defending champion, but lost in the semifinals to Roberto Bautista Agut. Andy Murray won the title, defeating Bautista Agut in the final, 7−6(7−1), 6−1. Bautista Agut was competing in his first Masters 1000 Series final, while Murray won his 13th Masters 1000 title and third in Shanghai .

Andy Murray reached the final of the Shanghai Masters with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Gilles Simon while Novak Djokovic crashed out. The current world No2 took an hour and 43 minutes to dispatch his French opponent and will face Roberto Bautista Agut in Sunday’s final, the Spaniard having shocked

Andy Murray has taken a wild card into next month's Rolex Shanghai Masters, the tournament has announced.

Andy Murray steps up singles comeback as Scot takes wild card into Shanghai Masters © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

READ MORE - Aidan Smith: Why does LTA struggle to acknowledge Andy Murray’s legacy?The former world number one is stepping up his singles comeback following hip surgery in January and will return to the ATP Tour at the Zhuhai Championships beginning on September 23.

He will then play in the China Open the following week and has now committed to a third week of action in a row at Asia's only Masters event.

Murray is a three-time winner of the Shanghai title and holds the record as the tournament's youngest champion after beating Roger Federer in 2010. He also lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2016.

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Andy Murray is keen to play at Wimbledon as he steps up his comeback against Kyle Edmund at Eastbourne, according to coach Jamie Delgado. The 31-year-old Scot will play his third match after nearly a year out of competitive tennis with a hip injury.

Andy Murray beat Chinese wild card Bai Yan 6-2, 6-2 to make a winning start in the Shanghai Masters .

The 32-year-old said: "I'm really looking forward to be going back to Shanghai, a tournament I have had success at in the past - the last time I was there was in 2016.

"Thanks to the tournament for a wild card, it's great to be able to continue my comeback and play more tennis in China. Shanghai is a great city, I feel comfortable there and the fans are always supportive."

Having initially made his comeback in doubles, Murray played his first singles match since hip resurfacing surgery in Cincinnati last month.

He lost in the first round there and in his next tournament in Winston-Salem before winning his first two matches when he dropped down to Challenger level in Majorca.

He has also signed up for the European Open in Antwerp the week after Shanghai.

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