Andy Murray is hoping to use this week’s Rennes Challenger as a springboard to greater success at the ATP tournament level, with the Scot making a fast move into the second round.
The two-time Wimbledon winner crushed Frenchman Yannick Maden 6-3, 6-1 and is encouraged by what he hopes will be improving form after losing a five-set US Open first round a fortnight ago to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“Obviously I would like to try and win the event,” he said. “Most importantly, for me, is just to get matches.
“I want to keep playing, competing and get my body used to playing two, three, four matches in a week again.”
The week in western France is another small step in Murray’s continuing struggle to get on top of his hip surgeries in 2017 and 2019 and his latest worry, a groin strain earlier this season.
But the No. 116 who topped the table from November, 2016, to August the following year, remains optimistic that he can make progress at age 34.
“I still feel like I can play at a very high level but if I play top players right at the beginning of the event, it’s not so easy.”
He suggested that the minor league Challenger level – he reached a final in Biella, northern Italy at the start of the year – is the ideal place to build match confidence.
“The Challengers often have good players. We have three guys that have been in the top 10. That’s quite rare. There should be some good matches,” he said.