Rusty Murray battles back to advance in Washington

Andy Murray reveals injury concern ahead of Washington comeback

Andy Murray reveals injury concern ahead of Washington comeback

The former British number one then made no mistake in serving out the match. I want to be winning matches and competing against the best players and that will build my fitness up quicker than anything I could do in the gym.

"That started to get a bit better as the match went on, so that helped".

He took part in the Queen's Club and Eastbourne events earlier in the grass-court season, losing to Edmund at the latter, but a reunion is on the cards on the hard courts of the United States capital providing Murray overcomes a player who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon. "If I stay fit and healthy, I'm not anxious so much about ranking".

"I fought hard and I had to", Murray said.

Playing in just his third tournament in almost a year, the former world No. 1 is trying to raise his ranking back up from its current standing of No. 832.

After making his return from January hip surgery last month at Queens and Eastbourne, Murray skipped Wimbledon and began preparing for the hardcourt campaign.

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McDonald was once again playing at a strong level in the second set, but from 4-3 in the set, where the finishing line was drawing closer, McDonald's coolness and calmness under pressure completely left him and that was the moment where Murray started to find a way back into the match as he sensed a first real vulnerability in the level of his opponent.

Next up for Murray is countryman Kyle Edmund, who he will face on Wednesday.

Now ranked 832 in the world, Murray composed himself and broke serve in the opening game of the second set, only to hand the break straight to McDonald.

Murray earned five match points but he was unable to put away McDonald, who used his second break point to stay alive on centre court.

"That's what I need just now", Murray said. Rubin now faces No. 2 seed John Isner, Jaziri plays No. 1 seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev, while Smyczek meets Zverev's older brother, No. 15 seed Mischa. His lone win on grasscourts came over Swiss Stan Wawrinka, another three-time Grand Slam victor fighting back from injury. Murray held on a service victor to force a third set.

In other matches, Noah Rubin got past Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4; Tim Smyczek beat Ricardas Berankis 7-6 (4), 6-2, and Malek Jaziri defeated Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 6-1.

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