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Murray made to wait in Toronto

ESPN staff
August 5, 2014
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Andy Murray admits his Rogers Cup preparations have been thrown off after the injury withdrawal of Rafael Nadal saw him receive a bye into the second round in Toronto.

Murray has been desperate to get back into action since his Wimbledon defence ended in disappointing fashion with a quarter-final defeat to Grigor Dimitrov on July 2.

The world No.9 was set to get his tournament underway on Monday, but, after Nadal pulled out with an injured wrist, Murray was promoted to eighth seed and now has to wait until midweek.

Andy Murray says he is now training at "100 percent" after last year's back surgery © Getty Images

"I planned all of my training and everything around playing my first match on Monday evening and arranged to come here [last] Thursday to get here a little bit earlier to get used to the conditions," said Murray.

As he continues to iron out all the kinks after September's back surgery, Murray has put special emphasis on the Rogers Cup - where he won in 2009 and 2010 - and next week's Cincinnati Masters as he bids to end his barren run ahead of the US Open.

Murray will face either Santiago Giraldo or Nick Kyrgios - who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon - as he searches for his first title since ending Britain's 77-year wait for a male singles champion at the All England Club.

After striking up up a new long-term partnership with Amelie Mauresmo earlier this week, Murray added that he is now training at "100 percent" for the first time since his operation, which kept him out of action until December.

"I wasn't able to train as much at the beginning part of the year because of my back. Now I can start training again 100 percent, not holding back," added Murray.

"I felt maybe what I was missing was just some physical strength. When you come back on the tour it is a bit of a recovery process.

"Over the French Open and Wimbledon my back felt very good. Physically, it was fine.

"You don't just come back after surgery and feel great straightaway the first few months. I was happy with the French Open. That went well.

"Wimbledon obviously [went] not quite as well as I would have liked, although I felt like I played some good tennis before my loss there. I felt like I was playing pretty well.

"But the rankings don't lie. I need to start winning more matches to push my ranking back up there. The main goal for me is to try to win grand slams. That's what motivates me. That's why I want to train."

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