Murray feels positive after two double matches at the Italian Open and four practices

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Andy Murray is feeling positive after two doubles matches at the Italian Open and four training sessions with top 20 players, including world number 1 Novak Djokovic

  • Murray and Broady hit doubles in the second round of the Italian Open
  • British pair were late substitutes, taking a comeback victory in the first round
  • Among Murray’s practice partners in Rome this week, world number 1 was Djokovic

Andy Murray gave a positive verdict on his week in Rome after losing in the second round of the Italian Open doubles to Liam Broady.

The British pair were late substitutes, taking a comeback win over Australian duo Max Purcell and Luke Saville in the first round, before dropping 6-3 6-4 to eighth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau.

Murray mainly traveled to Rome to practice with some of the world’s best players after recovering from a groin problem in his sleep ahead of the Miami Open in March.

Andy Murray gave a positive assessment of his return to action in Rome this week

The Scot said: ‘It was good to get a few games for both of us after Liam didn’t get into qualifying here and then I was clearly practicing but I knew it was going to get a little bit as the week went on . harder to get match training because most of the guys who would have lost those would have left. ‘

Murray’s practice partners included world number one Novak Djokovic, and he was happy to find out where his level is from an expected return to singles in Geneva or Lyon next week.

“The exercise has been good,” said the Scot, who is also waiting to find out if he will get a French Open wildcard.

‘Today I didn’t feel so good on the track, I didn’t play very well compared to yesterday. The other guys were doing well, which made it difficult.

Murray's practice partners in Rome this week include world champion No. 1 Novak Djokovic

Murray’s practice partners in Rome this week include world champion No. 1 Novak Djokovic

‘But it was good to feel what it was like in competition conditions after quite a long period for me.

‘I’ve had four training sessions with top 20 players, which is good. If we hadn’t gotten into the doubles I might have gotten another one before I left, but I got a few matches instead.

‘It was positive, I’m glad I came here, learned a little about my game and where I stand.

‘It’s totally different training conditions here and to be around the tournament like that at home, so (I’m) glad we came to do it.

‘Physically I did quite well at this level for the first points and practice sets for a long time. I was happy with that and hopefully I will continue to build in the coming weeks. ‘

Broady has been the British Player of the Season so far, along with Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie, climbing to a career high of 145 in the world rankings.

The 27-year-old said: ‘It was a pleasure, it was a lot of fun. After yesterday’s game, it meant a lot more to me than I expected.

‘Of course I prefer to play singles, but to have won a doubles match at the Rome Masters and to have done that with Andy, it was a good feeling.

“Of course we would have liked to have done better than after we were thrown today, but that’s sometimes sport.”

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