Andy Murray will be coming home from China on what has to be described as a successful trip.
His ranking has gone from 503 to top 250 in the world and has spent an impressive 17 hours, 38 minutes and 21 seconds on court in seven matches averaging 2 hours and 31 minutes on court for each match.
This is a big positive from the three weeks. The main purpose was to gain match fitness, test himself and win matches and to get deep as he did against some very good players is a positive sign.
6-3 6-7 6-1 v Tennys Sandgren
6-4 2-6 4-6 v Alex De Minaur (eventual champion in Zhuhai)
7-6 7-6 v Matteo Berrettini (world number 13)
7-6 6-7 6-1 v Cameron Norrie
2-6 6-7 v Dominic Thiem (world No.5 and eventual champion in Beijing)
2-6 6-2 6-3 v Juan Ignacio Londero
6-7 6-2 6-7 v Fabio Fognini (3hr7min, served for match twice)
It has been a good period for Andy over the course of the three weeks. He gave eventual champions De Minaur and Thiem very good matches and came close to forcing a third against the world number five in Beijing.
Londero I was really impressed with in the first round in Shanghai. He really went big of his forehand which I enjoyed watching but Murray switched it up well.
He began to find more slice on the backhand ask more questions and extend the rallies against Londero.
A big win began his week in Beijing as well against Matteo Berrettini really peppering the backhand corner of the Italian who couldn’t keep up with the rhythm of the former world number one.
Andy Murray is off to Antwerp next which is an ATP 250 event. Gael Monfils is the top seed, David Goffin is the second seed. Stan Wawrinka is on the entry list but hasn’t featured since his defeat to Medvedev in New York.
Not too sure.
There is no sign up anyway else as of yet. The following week is ATP 500 week in Vienna and Basel. 4 of the top 10 are at each event but no news on wildcards yet, same for Paris Masters.
There is however a possibility that Andy could play Davis Cup at the end of the year in Madrid.