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'Very strange': Kyrgios beats Murray in 'awkward' match

20 June 2018

'We're good mates it's great to see him back and healthy, ' the 23-year-old said in his on-court interview. "I played juniors with him - I always knew he was going to be pretty good".

Scot Murray will see how his body feels after playing for over two and a half hours against world number 21 Kyrgios.

He had not played competitively since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals to American Sam Querrey last July.

It's been a torturous journey to this point for Murray, who is still surely well short of anything like full fitness given the severity of his hip injury and how long he has been out for.

"I won't rule anything out just now", he said about his upcoming plans.

"It was a very awkward match for me because I was thinking the guy hadn't played a match in a year, and I was getting smoked in the first set. I wouldn't rule out not playing a tournament next week and trying to get matches like in an exhibition tournament, as well, to get ready for Wimbledon", Murray told a press conference.

"I feel like I'm in good form on the grass".

Murray showed glimpses of his ability against Kyrgios at the Fever-Tree Championships, before starting to tire as the match wore on.

Murray, who has been sidelined for nearly a year since losing in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last July, will make his long-awaited return against Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the first round at the Queen's Club tournament in London on Tuesday. "I was dealing with a little bit of pain for the whole match, as ridiculous as that sounds because the guy (Murray) was out with a hip injury". "I certainly could have done some stuff better, like beginning of the second set I thought my level at times was good; sometimes not so good".

Kyrgios would not go away, though, and sealed victory with a third match point, which came, frustratingly for Murray from a double fault.

"My elbow feels good, which is always a positive these days", he said. I'm really happy that I got on the match court today and played, it was a close decision. I've got bad and good things but I'm never going to change'.

'Very strange': Kyrgios beats Murray in 'awkward' match