Andy Murray's comeback bid halted by Daniil Medvedev in Brisbane

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

The triple Grand Slam champion played just six events in 2018 and had done his best to soften expectations ahead of his first match at the Brisbane International, a moment that would represent his latest comeback and very possibly the final roll of the dice.

No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal is also scheduled this week to play his first competitive match since September, but he is taking a cautious approach after being restricted to nine tournaments previous year because of injuries. It's Djokovic's favourite - but there are plenty of rivals for the Serb. "I think the more matches I play, the more time on court I have, I think that'll get better".

"I did an MRI and it shows a small strain on my left thigh".

He tried to play the Australian summer past year with an injured hip, only to withdraw and have surgery.

Murray's travails on Pat Rafter Arena were more down to Medvedev's prowess than any fitness issues in a match lasting one hour and 21 minutes.

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"I don't feel apprehensive about my hip".

"It wasn't particularly good tennis at the beginning, but I think one of the positive things for me was kind of instinctively I came up with some shots where I was kind of reading the game quite well, which is positive for a first match", he said.

Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, finished last season in the top 10 for the first time and is more concerned about the Australian Open later this month than recording a loss in her season-opener in Brisbane. "So if I don't play here, I probably secure that I'm going to be 100 percent ready for Melbourne". In the second set, I made too many mistakes. In other matches, Denis Kudla beat fellow American Taylor Fritz 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, while Frenchman Jeremy Chardy outlasted Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova had a 7-5, 6-2 win over Marie Bouzkova and will next meet Ajla Tomljanovic, who beat Johanna Konta 6-2, 7-6 (2). Donna Vekic ousted No. 6 Kiki Bertens 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5 and will take on Sasnovich in the quarter-finals. He's using the quarterfinal match as a barometer for where his preparations stand for the Australian Open.

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