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Murray feeling 'pretty good' ahead of new season

ESPN staff
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Murray: I need time to fully recover

Andy Murray has revealed he is feeling "pretty good" ahead of playing at the Qatar Open this week.

The British No. 1 returned to action for the first time in over three months at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Boxing Day, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga but beating Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday in a fifth-place play-off.

Murray underwent back surgery in September and missed the conclusion of the 2013 campaign, and after getting two matches under his belt is ready for action in Doha, where he is part of a field that includes world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych.

"I feel pretty good. I got a good few weeks of training over in Miami, but matches are important now in order to get sharp again and feel exactly how my back is. Hopefully, I can get a few matches here this week," Murray told ATPWorldTour.com.

"The surface has changed a little bit since I was last here. I practised on the courts yesterday. It is a great stadium and I have played well here in the past. I hope to play well again," added the Wimbledon champion, who has twice won the event in 2008 and 2009.

Nadal bounced back from seven months on the sidelines with a career-threatening knee injury to win two grand slams and a record-equalling five Masters 1000 crowns in 2013, but the Spaniard is focused on a new campaign.

"I was very happy with what happened last season," he said. "But it is now a new year. I am excited to be playing again in Doha and I will try my best. I hope to find my rhythm here and try my best to be competitive form the beginning."

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