Andy Murray wins comeback match but knows he must raise his game

Andy Murray admitted he will have to raise his game to gain revenge on Kyle Edmund at the Citi Open in Washington.

Former world No.1 Murray won his first match on hardcourts since March 2017 by beating American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 7-5.

He now faces No.4 seed Edmund in a re-match of their Eastbourne clash in June, which was won by the new British No.1.

Murray, who roared in triumph after his second win of the year, said: “I’ll have to play much better if I want to win that match, more aggressively.

“It will help having one more match under my belt.

“I enjoyed getting through that one. You could see it in the celebration. That was a tough match. It could have gone either way. It was nice to win it.”

The Scot, who was playing only his fourth match since January hip surgery, also played his first match with the serve clock which will be used at the US Open next month.

“Without a shot clock, that would have been a three-hour match,” he said.

“It’s a positive change for tennis.”

World No.832 Murray also plans to play at Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati before the last Grand Slam starts in New York on August 27.

“I want to stay healthy through the end of the year,” said the 31-year-old.

“If I do that, I’ll start to win more matches and my ranking will move up. If I’m having one or two tournaments and take a break for a month, it’s difficult to get into that routine.

“If I stay fit and healthy, I’m not too worried about ranking.”

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