Andy Murray says that, his speed aside, there is 'no reason' why he can't get his game back into the shape it was before the injury.
Murray has endured a nightmare three-and-a-half years with a hip injury that eventually needed to be solved with resurfacing surgery.
The initial signs after the surgery were positive, with him winning the European Open, but he has had a tough 2020 in which he has looked a shadow of his former self.
However, he says he has seen more than enough to be optimistic and he now has a clearer idea of what is necessary.
“The only thing that I maybe won’t get to the same level in is the speed," Murray explained.
"There’s no reason why [with] everything else I can’t get back to what it was before. I think next year I’m going to be alright.
"I just need to make sure that everything’s kind of in place, and I think with my age and also with the metal hip, I can’t really afford to have any chinks, or be slightly heavier than what I should be, or have weaknesses in my body that I maybe could have got away with when I was younger.
“I’ve seen enough in the limited amount I have played in the last year. I was beating a top-10 player in Cincinnati, and then obviously at the end of last year I was still winning against guys like Stan [Wawrinka, in the European Open final].”
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