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Murray targets Australian Open comeback

Murray has dropped from world number one to 16th in the rankings. Credit: PA

Andy Murray is targeting a New Year comeback in Australia but has stressed he will not rush a return before his body is ready.

The Scot has not played since struggling through Wimbledon with a hip injury but is hopeful he will be able to take part in the Brisbane International, which kicks off next season's action on December 31.

Murray is continuing his rehabilitation by limbering up for an exhibition match against Roger Federer at the Andy Murray Live in Glasgow on Tuesday evening and feels he is making good progress.

When asked about his chances of making Brisbane, he said: "I hope I'm there. Things have been going pretty well so far in the rehab, but you just never know. You take each week as it comes.

"I've had setbacks and things can go quite quickly as well. I've been training for a few weeks now. Some days I've felt great and some days not so good.

"But I will come back when I'm ready and when I'm 100 percent fit. I probably made a bit of a mistake trying to get ready for the US Open but it was the last major of the year and I wanted to give it a go.

"And now it's time to give my body the rest and recovery it needs. I'll come back when I'm ready."

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Murray unlikely to play again this season

Andy Murray is unlikely to play again this season due to the hip injury that forced him to miss the US Open.

Murray has ruled himself out of the forthcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai and also expects to sit out the season-ending events in Vienna and Paris.

"Having consulted with a number of leading hip specialists over the last week, along with my own team, we have decided that this is the best decision for my long-term future," Murray wrote on Facebook.

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Murray: I don't feel like I played my best tennis

Murray beat Fognini in four sets. Credit: PA

Andy Murray survived another Wimbledon nail-biter to join Johanna Konta in the fourth round.

While Konta shrugged off the added pressure of being made the women's title favourite with a straightforward 6-4 6-1 win over Maria Sakkari, Murray had to battle before beating Fabio Fognini 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5.

In a dramatic match, the combustible Fognini was docked a point for an obscene gesture in the fourth set as Murray saved five set points and fought back from 5-2 down.

The world number one said: ''I didn't think it was the best match. I didn't feel like I played my best tennis. But I won and I got through it. That's a really positive thing, obviously.

''Now I've got two days to work on some things, rest up a little bit, and get used to the conditions that we're playing in just now.

''The courts definitely have got a lot quicker than at the beginning of the event. It will be good to get a couple of days' practice in those conditions before another match on Monday.

''But I'm pleased obviously to be in the second week. Anything can happen from here.''

Both men were critical of the court surface, while Fognini is likely to be fined a chunk of his prize money for his antics, and was still in a combative mood in his post-match press conference.

''The umpire is French,'' he said. ''So Italy, France, we are always fighting. And they never won against us."

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