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Niggle becomes pain in the neck for Andy Murray

ESPN staff
January 7, 2015
Great Britain lost the deciding mixed doubles rubber to Poland in Perth © Getty Images

Andy Murray says pain from his niggling shoulder problem has spread to his neck but insists it is nothing to worry about for the Australian Open.

Murray has been representing Great Britain at the Hopman Cup in Perth, along with Heather Watson, but brought the injury with him having just won the World Tennis Championships against Rafael Nadal in Abu Dhabi.

The British No.1's shoulder was sore after his victory against Benoit Paire earlier this week but, despite struggling with the ball toss during a 6-2 6-4 singles win over Jerzy Janowicz on Wednesday, Murray played down the issue.

"It was my neck. It's moved up a little bit to my neck the last day or so, which I think is a good thing," Murray said after beating Poland's Janowicz. "It's not just in the one spot. My shoulder felt much better today.

"The ball toss … we had to vary a lot at the beginning of the match at the far end because we couldn't see the ball. Otherwise right at the beginning it was quite sore, the shoulder and neck.

"I don't think [it's something to be worried about]. Obviously as I'm playing the matches it's starting to feel a little bit better.

"It's not like when I play on it gets much worse. I do feel much better after a bit of rest and treatment on it."

Murray's win against Janowicz brought Great Britain level against Poland following Heather Watson's 6-3 6-1 defeat to Agnieszka Radwanska in the opening singles.

However, the British pair lost the deciding mixed doubles rubber 6-4 6-4 as Poland continued their unbeaten start in the mixed-teams round robin tournament.

Great Britain next play Australia on Friday with the group winners advancing to Saturday's final. The tournament guarantees each player three singles ties in the build-up to the Australian Open, which gets underway in Melbourne on January 19.

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