Andy Murray, the world No 1, has made his first appearance on court for a month playing a charity match against Roger Federer in Zurich at the beginning of the week.
Murray, who has suffered with shingles and injury since the New Year, has said that he hopes to return to competitive action in Monte Carlo next week. Last month he was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open after injuring his elbow.
More recently Murray missed Great Britain’s defeat to France in the Davis Cup over last weekend but he kept his promise to play Federer in ‘The Match for Africa 3’ at the Hallenstadion.
Federer won the match 6-3 7-6 (7-5) but Murray didn’t seem too bothered by the result with his mind on the start of the ATP clay court season.
Speaking to Eurosport Murray said, “Monte Carlo starts in a week, so I’m hoping, if I keep progressing as I have with the elbow, to play Monte Carlo. If not, then I just need to stay patient and I’ll try the following week. I’m getting there, I just have to go slowly.”
After his surprise fourth round exit from the Australian Open in January, Murray was diagnosed with shingles, but he insisted he had made a full recovery when he returned to action in Dubai in February.
He won the tournament but then suffered a surprise defeat to Canada’s Vasek Pospisil at Indian Wells in March, his last appearance before the elbow injury.
In regards to the charity match Murry said, “I enjoyed it. I haven’t played a match for five or six weeks so to come out and play in front of this crowd against Roger, I appreciate him asking me to come and do this. I was trying to get it to a third set, I just couldn’t quite do it.”