Andy Murray waved goodbye to the crowd at the Australian Open in Melbourne back in January, in what could have been his farewell from the sport. The former world number one had been struggling with a hip injury that he was concerned would force him to retire immediately from the game.
Since that defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut, though, Murray has had surgery on his hip and indicated that it has been a success, which gives hope for the three-time Grand Slam winner returning to the court in the summer.
Murray is still undergoing rehabilitation and he will make an assessment once he finishes his treatment plan to see if he still has any pain in the area. If he is pain-free, the Scotsman plans to play at Wimbledon, where he will be bidding for his third title at the Grand Slam event.
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The Olympic gold medallist almost missed the whole of the 2018 season through injury but he did appear at the US Open at Flushing Meadows. Murray defeated Australian James Duckworth in the opening round before falling to Fernando Verdasco.
The last time Murray reached a Grand Slam final was at Wimbledon in 2016, where he beat Milos Raonic in straight sets in the final. Whatever the result of his surgery, it is difficult to see the 31-year-old advancing through to a Grand Slam final once again. However, he would love to appear at least one last time in his home event at Wimbledon where he has had many of the finest moments of his career.
Novak Djokovic gives Murray hope that a comeback is possible
Murray will be hoping he can follow in the footsteps of Novak Djokovic who took a lengthy break from tennis to recover from an elbow injury but then went onto a Grand Slam.
The Serbian missed the 2017 US Open after he retired in the quarter-final of his tie against Tomas Berdych earlier this year. Although he was not his usual best at the start of 2018, Djokovic stuck with his programme and he got the rewards at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Novak Djokovic is 7/4 in the latest tennis betting to win the French Open, the next Grand Slam event this year, where victory would ensure he holds all four major titles in the sport at once.
The Serbian has been on an incredible run in the men’s game ever since he beat Kevin Anderson in straight sets at Wimbledon. He followed that up at Flushing Meadows with his third US Open success, while more recently, he prevailed in the Australian Open for a seventh time.
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Djokovic is back up to number one in the world rankings and will now have his eye on breaking the record for the most Grand Slams in the Open era, which is currently held by Roger Federer with 20 to his name, five ahead of him in the all-time list.
Although it may seem too much to expect Murray to win as many Grand Slam titles post-injury like Djokovic has done, it will give him some motivation that his career may not be over just yet.