Former world number one Andy Murray will play at the 2020 Australian Open in January, confirmed tournament director Craig Tiley.

The 2019 Australian Open appeared to be Murray's final appearance in Melbourne as the three-time grand slam champion revealed his retirement plans due to a troublesome hip problem.

Murray, however, underwent hip resurfacing surgery following the grand slam and has since returned to the ATP Tour following a comeback via doubles and the Challenger Tour.

Now, Murray – a five-time Australian Open runner-up – is set to feature at next year's event at Melbourne Park.

"For sure Andy will be here," Tiley told Melbourne radio station Triple M on Tuesday. "I was on the phone to his agent this morning. He is going to be in Australia early.

"He is ready to return. Remember he said goodbye a year ago. It's great in that period he had surgery and has rebounded really well."

Tiley was speaking after Murray reached the second round of the Shanghai Masters with a three-set win over Juan Ignacio Londero on Monday.

It has been a long road for Murray, who dropped down to the ATP Challenger Tour in August for the first time since 2005 in a bid to improve his fitness following surgery in January, which threatened to end his stellar career.

The Brit started a singles comeback at ATP Masters 1000 tournament the Western & Southern Open before making a swift exit from the Winston-Salem Open.

Murray – who played a series of high-profile doubles tournaments after teaming up with Serena Williams in the mixed event at Wimbledon – then opted to skip the US Open in New York.

A run to the China Open quarter-finals then followed for Murray last week and 20-time grand slam star Roger Federer hailed the 32-year-old's comeback.

"I saw Andy [Murray] briefly, don't know if it was yesterday or the day before now," Federer said. "It was great to see him again and great to chat to him a little bit. I'm just relieved that he's in the place that he's in right now.

"I saw him after the Bautista [Agut] match because I finished my match, he played that five-setter against him and I saw him in the locker room and just had a personal interest. I asked him 'what's up, if he was going and 'I'm sorry to ask you, I kind of want to know and I think the people want to know'. He said I don't know, and I know what I said, I said, but I think he just wanted to get better for his life in general.

"I think that's been achieved number one, I think that's the priority there. Number two that he's getting a shot again to be on the tour, and see how far he can go. How deep he can go at tournaments, I think it's super exciting for the tour, for us players, because he's very much a guy we like and respect a lot. He doesn't have enemies, we need guys like him also who lead by example with hard work and toughness and fairness.

"I love seeing Andy back, I feel like he's playing better and better, which is great. I think we're going to play him at the ATP Cup in the first match of the season too if I'm not mistaken. That should be fun, so I'm happy for Andy."

Three-set tussles have played a defining role in Andy Murray's comeback on the ATP Tour, and he had to come through another to see off Juan Ignacio Londero in reaching the second round of the Shanghai Masters.

Murray was impressive in making the quarter-finals of the China Open, where his run was ended by Dominic Thiem following a gruelling contest with compatriot Cameron Norrie in which the Scot appeared a spent force in the second set.

The former world number one, a three-time winner in Shanghai, needed to work just as hard to see off Londero, who won the first set but could not complete what would have been a memorable victory as Murray prevailed 2-6 6-2 6-3 in an engrossing battle.

As Murray continues to try to work his way back to the top of men's tennis, a rising star in the sport, Denis Shapovalov, set up an enticing second-round clash with Novak Djokovic by beating Frances Tiafoe.

Meanwhile, there was a surprise defeat for Marin Cilic, who was beaten in straight sets by Albert Ramos Vinolas.

 

MURRAY SCRAPS INTO THE SECOND ROUND

Three-time grand slam champion Murray was not shy about letting his frustration show as he was made to work extremely hard for his place in the second round by Londero.

Murray served poorly in the first set but found form in the second, though he rarely looked satisfied with his performance and shouted an expletive as he gave a break of serve back in the decider.

However, a searing cross-court forehand saw Murray break once more and he did not the let the initiative slip again, winning a match in which he seemed to battle himself as much as Londero in two hours and 17 minutes.

He had to save two break points to serve it out, securing a victory that books a meeting with Fabio Fognini, who overcame Sam Querrey in straight sets.

"I've always enjoyed playing here, I enjoy the faster conditions but it's a tricky one. Since I came back to play these are by far the fastest conditions I have played in and I struggled a bit with that early on, with my movement and stuff," Murray said.

"But it's nice to be back, nice to get the win and hopefully [I'll] start the next match a little bit quicker.

"I got better as the match went on so hopefully I'll be a bit better in the next match. I know what to expect, I know you can't hang back and let the opponent dictate. Try to be more aggressive.

"Fabio has had a great year, he's a very talented guy. I think he's playing for one of the last spots in London [ATP Finals] so I'm sure he'll be up for it. He played a very good match in the first round so it'll be a tough one."


SHAPOVALOV SET FOR DJOKO DUEL

Two players each expected to be future heavyweights met as Shapovalov faced Tiafoe, but it is the Canadian who is clearly further along in his development, and he provided evidence of that in a comfortable victory.

The world number 36 eased to a 6-4 6-2 win over the American, who won only two points against his opponent's first serve.

Shapovalov's win marked his first at the Masters 1000 tournament and means he will face world number one Djokovic for the third time this year.

Djokovic beat Shapovalov in four sets en route to winning the Australian Open and also defeated the 20-year-old in straight sets in Rome.


ROGER NEXT FOR RAMOS VINOLAS

Cilic would have faced Roger Federer in a rematch of the 2017 Wimbledon final had he seen off Ramos Vinolas​, but did not have a break point as he was defeated 6-4 6-4.

It will now be the Spaniard who takes on the 20-time grand slam champion, who is eyeing a third Shanghai title.

Ninth seed Gael Monfils needed three sets to progress in his opening-round match with Lorenzo Sonego and 15th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili went the distance in his triumph over Radu Albot, but Diego Schwartzman suffered a shock loss to Vasek Pospisil.

Pospisil's fellow qualifiers Norrie and Jeremy Chardy also reached the second round, coming through against Kyle Edmund and Gilles Simon respectively.

Elsewhere in the draw, there were wins for Taylor Fritz, Cristian Garin, Hubert Hurkacz, Benoit Paire, Mikhail Kukushkin and Joao Sousa.

Taylor Fritz ended his dismal run of first-round exits with a hard-fought victory over Fernando Verdasco on day one of the Shanghai Masters.

Fritz had not reached the second round of an ATP Tour tournament since he was runner-up in Los Cabos in August but beat Verdasco 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 on Sunday.

The American, who did manage to beat Dominic Thiem in the Laver Cup last month, saved eight break points and claimed the solitary break of the deciding set to progress.

Fritz faces a tough second-round assignment against seventh seed Karen Khachanov in the Chinese capital.

Nikoloz Basilashvili, the only seed in action, was also taken the distance as he sent Radu Albot packing 4-6 6-1 6-3.

Hubert Hurkacz defeated wildcard Zhang Zhizhen 7-6 (7-5) 6-4, while Joao Sousa was 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5) winner against Filip Krajinovic.

Dominic Thiem came from behind to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6 6-4 6-1 to secure China Open glory and his fourth title of the year.

Thiem took advantage of a sloppy Tsitsipas start in Beijing to break to love in the opening game but the Greek respondedf immediately to get back on serve.

Tsitsipas, playing in his first final since May, was able to get on the front foot thereafter, breaking to go 5-3 up by taking advantage of unforced errors from top seed Thiem.

A cute volley gave Tsitsipas set point and his terrific wide serve allowed the 21-year-old to power home, then a smash volley saw him break at the start of the second.

But again the reply came swiftly from the world number five, this time Thiem profiting on misplaced Tsitsipas shots to get back on track at 2-2.

Tsitsipas had two chances to secure a second straight break but Thiem battled back and forced the third seed to save three break points to make it 4-4 and add to the Austrian's growing frustration.

Consecutive forehand passes from Tsitsipas created another break point, Thiem able to claw his way back to hold serve - that success giving him a timely confidence boost.

A stunning forehand set up three break points for Thiem and he seized upon the last of them to take the final to a decider, a cross-court passing shot beating Tsitsipas with the aid of the net cord.

Again Tsitsipas collapsed to 0-40 in his first service game of the third and, although he reeled off four straight points to recover, he then pushed a volley wide to hand Thiem the break.

Thiem's relentless energy was causing Tsitsipas problems and the two-time French Open finalist soon secured a double break to move 4-0 up, a position of strength he would not let slip to complete a fine week in which he also qualified for the ATP Finals.

"I think this was one of the best matches I've played in my whole career," Thiem said at the post-match presentation after sealing his first triumph in Asia. 

"He played amazing and I hope we have lots more finals in the biggest tournaments. Last year we had a great rivalry so I hope this continues."

Dominic Thiem will face a resurgent Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the China Open after coming from a set down to beat Karen Khachanov and qualify for the ATP Finals.

Thiem joined Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev in qualifying for the season-ending tournament in London with a 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 victory in Beijing on Saturday.

Top seed Thiem overcame an early barrage from Khachanov to keep himself in contention for a fourth title of the season

The Austrian had been broken just once in the tournament before the semi-final stage but lost the first set after failing to hold on three occasions.

Thiem showed his fighting spirit to turn it around, though, coming from 5-3 down in the second set to force a decider and recovering from an early break in the third to progress.

Alexander Zverev lost his cool as he was consigned to a 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 defeat to Tsitsipas in the second semi-final.

The German smashed his racket after failing to serve out the opening set with a 5-3 lead and saw three set points come and go in the tie-break, with Tsitsipas winning five points in a row to go a set up.

A composed Tsitsipas powered into a 5-1 lead with two breaks in the second set and although Zverev won three games on the spin and saved five match points, he was unable to deny the Greek a straight-sets victory.

Tsitsipas has endured a torrid run of form but will play in his first final since May on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic defeated David Goffin in straight sets on Saturday to reach his 110th career final at the Japan Open.

The world number one needed one hour and 29 minutes to record a 6-3 6-4 triumph over the third seed, meaning he is still yet to drop a set in his first appearance at the tournament in Tokyo.

John Millman is the last man standing in Djokovic's way of a 76th title on the ATP Tour, the Australian having progressed from the first semi-final with victory over Reilly Opelka.

Djokovic has dropped his own serve just twice in four matches so far, albeit he was forced to save four break points against Goffin, who was crowned champion at the event two years ago.

However, the top seed recorded early breaks in each set and won 87 per cent of points on his first serve. Even when there was an occasional glimmer of hope for Goffin, sublime defence helped Djokovic get out of trouble.

Millman, meanwhile, continued his remarkable run at the tournament by beating Opelka 6-3 7-6 (7-4).

The world number 80 had to save three match points in qualifying just to make the main draw, while he also fell a set down in his last-32 meeting with Adrian Mannarino.

However, he has now won eight consecutive sets to reach his second ATP Tour final.

Andy Murray has been handed a favourable draw at the Shanghai Masters, while Roger Federer could face a test in the second round.

Murray, continuing his comeback after hip surgery, accepted a wildcard into the ATP 1000 tournament, and the Brit will meet a qualifier in his opener.

The three-time grand slam champion will take on either Italian 10th seed Fabio Fognini or American Sam Querrey if he progresses.

Murray showed his form is improving by reaching the quarter-finals at the China Open, where he lost to top seed Dominic Thiem.

Federer, meanwhile, has a bye into the second round as the second seed, but the Swiss great could face Marin Cilic in his opening match.

Cilic, who has fallen to 30th in the rankings after a difficult year, takes on Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round.

World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic will face either Frances Tiafoe or Denis Shapovalov in the second round, while Stefanos Tsitsipas is in the Serbian's quarter.

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament on Friday due to a wrist injury.

Novak Djokovic said a "flawless" straight-sets demolition of Lucas Pouille was one of his best performances of the year after coasting into the semi-finals of the Japan Open.

Djokovic took just 50 minutes to beat fifth seed Pouille for the third time this season, easing to a 6-1 6-2 victory on Friday.

The world number one crushed the Frenchman in the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January and it was an all-too-familiar story for Pouille in Tokyo.

Djokovic, eyeing a fourth title of the season after recovering from a shoulder injury which forced him to retire from the US Open, produced a masterclass of returning and served superbly to set up an encounter with David Goffin.

The top seed said: "It was definitely one of the best matches I've played this year. Best one of this week and came at the right time.

"I thought Lucas was playing really well the first couple of matches in this tournament. I took the time away from him."

Serbian Djokovic added on the ATP website: "I served well, served many aces, returned a lot of his serves back and just used every opportunity to come in. Just overall, a really flawless performance."

Goffin also made light work of reaching the last four, the Belgian not facing a break point as he brushed aside Hyeon Chung 6-2 6-2.

Australian qualifier John Millman moved into his first ATP 500 semi-final with a 6-4 6-0 defeat of Japan's Taro Daniel, and he will face American Reilly Opelka, a 6-3 6-3 winner over Yasutaka Uchiyama.

Novak Djokovic dominated Lucas Pouille in a one-sided quarter-final at the Japan Open Tennis Championships on Friday.

The world number one crushed Pouille 6-1 6-2 in just 50 minutes in a superb display at the ATP 500 tournament in Tokyo.

Djokovic had won his previous two meetings with the Frenchman in straight sets – including in the Australian Open semi-finals this year – and was in complete control from the outset in windy conditions.

The 16-time grand slam champion won eight of the first nine points, breaking when Pouille netted a volley in the second game.

Pouille could win only two of the first 14 points of the match, losing the opening set in just over 20 minutes.

Djokovic – playing his first tournament since retiring in the US Open fourth round due to a shoulder injury – was flawless and Pouille had no answers as the Serbian rolled out to a 4-0 lead in the second set.

After his third straight-sets win of the week, Djokovic will face either David Goffin or Hyeon Chung in the semi-finals.

World number two Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Shanghai Masters due to a wrist injury.

Nadal, 33, played at the Laver Cup last month, but missed his matches on the final day because of the problem.

The Spaniard, who won the US Open in September for his 19th grand slam title, was due to play in Shanghai, but his withdrawal was confirmed on Friday.

"Hi all, I am very sad to announce that I won't be able to play in Shanghai this year. It is the second year in a row and in China I have great fans," Nadal said, via the tournament's website.

"The tournament is amazing and the city one of the most special places around the world.

"But, as you all probably know, I had an inflammation on my left wrist during the Laver Cup and I haven't had the time to recover and practice to be ready for this amazing event.

"I hope to be back in Shanghai for the 2020 tournament."

A two-time runner-up in Shanghai, Nadal missed the event last year due to a knee injury.

Shanghai Masters tournament director Michael Luevano wished Nadal all the best in his recovery.

"We will obviously miss not having Rafa here at the Shanghai Masters. He has been an incredible supporter of the tournament and of tennis in China," he said.

"He gives so much when he is on the court and his toughness knows no bounds like in 2014 when he played the tournament while suffering appendicitis.

"It should go without saying that on behalf of everyone at the Shanghai Masters we hope the left wrist mends fully and he is back on tour very soon, continuing to enthral fans with his tennis.

"Also, on a personal note, as well as speaking for the entire family at the Shanghai Masters, we wish Rafa and his fiance Maria Francisca [Perello] all the very best for their upcoming wedding.

"Rafa's legions of fans in Shanghai and China look forward to welcoming him back in 2020."

Hyeon Chung will face David Goffin in the quarter-finals of the Japan Open after denying Marin Cilic a milestone victory.

Cilic was expected to claim the 500th tour-level win of his career in Tokyo on Thursday, but Chung beat the sixth seed 6-4 3-6 6-1.

Chung, absent for much of this season due to a back injury, had not won a set in his previous three meetings with Cilic, yet the unseeded South Korean pulled off an upset to move into the last eight.

Cilic had a first-serve percentage of only 57 and double-faulted seven times to bow out of his first tournament since the US Open.

Chung said: "I'm just really happy because this is one of the best wins in my career so far. It was a really tough match against one of the best players in the world. I'm just trying to enjoy every point."

Goffin, winner of this tournament two years ago, got past Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-2).

There were no breaks of serve in a tight contest between the third seed and 20-year-old Shapovalov, but it was the Belgian who had the edge in the tie-breaks.

Qualifier John Millman went through with a 6-3 6-2 win over Lloyd Harris, while Taro Daniel defeated Jordan Thompson 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Andy Murray reached his first ATP Tour singles quarter-final for a year at the expense of Cameron Norrie and will face Dominic Thiem in the China Open.

Murray consigned recent US Open semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini to a first-round defeat in Beijing and battled his way past fellow British player Norrie 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 on day three.

The former world number one needed eight minutes short of three hours to win through, securing back-to-back tour-level singles successes for the first time since undergoing hip resurfacing in January.

Murray, winner of this tournament three years ago, said he felt the effects of playing two matches in as many days and welcomed the opportunity to put his feet up ahead of a showdown on Friday with world number five Thiem.

"I'm tired, I just had a sleep before coming," said Murray. "I'm really tired. That's the first time I've had to do that since I came back... It's something that I need to kind of get used to again, especially playing at this level and that intensity.

"It was a good step for me. It's great that I won the match. Whether I'd won or lost it, I was able to come out the following day and be competitive and play some good tennis. But obviously I'm happy I've got the day off tomorrow to recover."

Thiem eased to a 6-3 6-3 victory over wildcard Zhizhen Zhang, who was unable to force a single break point.

Top seed Thiem, able to seal his place in the ATP Finals if he reaches the final this week, broke twice in the first set and once in the second to advance.

Fabio Fognini and Karen Khachanov also progressed with straight-sets victories over Andrey Rublev and Jeremy Chardy respectively.

Novak Djokovic was pleased to report his shoulder was feeling fine as he returned to action with a win at the Japan Open on Tuesday.

World number one Djokovic had not played since retiring against Stan Wawrinka in the last 16 at the US Open last month, with his Flushing Meadows title defence ended by pain in his shoulder.

But the Serbian was back on the court in Tokyo this week and eased past qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-2 in the first round.

"The shoulder is good. I have not felt anything in the previous days, including today in the match," said Djokovic, who faces veteran home favourite Go Soeda next.

"So I am very pleased to say that and to feel healthy."

He added: "I thought from really the beginning to the end, I played really well and on a consistent, high level and good intensity."

But while Djokovic was comfortable, he was the only seed to progress at the ATP 500 tournament on Tuesday.

Japanese stars Taro Daniel and Yasutaka Uchiyama upset Borna Coric and 2015 finalist Benoit Paire respectively, while American Taylor Fritz lost to compatriot Reilly Opelka.

Daniel clinched a dramatic win over Coric in a final-set tie-break and said: "I knew the opponent was going to be more nervous than me. Obviously he's like, 'I have to win, he's a wild card'.

"I was just like, 'Keep going, try to not be passive, not be too aggressive, but just try and find that balance, not make any mistakes'. He ended up making more mistakes than I did."

Gilles Simon advanced to set up a clash with Opelka, while Radu Albot also went through and will play Uchiyama next.

Denis Shapovalov defeated Miomir Kecmanovic, as Jordan Thompson saw off Juan Ignacio Londero.

Andy Murray was among a number of big names to advance at the China Open on Tuesday and revealed he is now finding greater enjoyment in his tennis after shocking Matteo Berrettini.

Former world number one Murray has three grand slam titles to his name but is ranked just 503rd as he continues his return from hip resurfacing surgery, having been set to call time on his career earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Berrettini is the world number 13 and reached the US Open semi-finals less than four weeks ago.

But in his most notable victory of 2019, Murray upset the odds to defeat the eighth seed 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (9-7) in Beijing and move into the second round.

The Scot took the opportunity afterwards to explain a more positive approach to the sport as he edges closer to full fitness.

"I think just not being in pain now is making tennis a little bit more fun so the practice and the preparation for tournaments is just a lot easier," Murray said, as reported by Eurosport.

"In the last few years, that really wasn't the case and I was finding it all really stressful, I wasn't getting much enjoyment out it. So it's a little bit different now, which is nice."

Murray faces fellow Brit Cameron Norrie next on Wednesday and added: "Hopefully, I can have a good run here. That was a good start for me. I think I play again tomorrow so that will be a good test for me.

"It's the first time I will have played sort of high-level back-to-back days, so I will see how I pull up after that one. But it's a bit of progress for me again this week, which is good.

"I feel like the progress has been quite consistent and hopefully that keeps going through to the end of the year."

Although Berrettini was shocked, several other contenders came through unscathed on Tuesday, with Dominic Thiem and the previously out of form Stefanos Tsitsipas leading the way.

Top seed Thiem, who could face Murray in the quarters, eased past Richard Gasquet in straight sets, as third seed Tsitsipas was required to recover from a set down and then a break in the third to get the better of Dusan Lajovic.

It was the Greek's first victory since the Citi Open with the exception of the Laver Cup.

Thiem said: "I felt great from the first practice and it's great to get my first win in Beijing. It's one of the strongest tournaments - you can lose every match - but I was very good today."

Fabio Fognini advanced, too, beating Mikhail Kukushkin, but American pair Sam Querrey and John Isner overturned seeds Roberto Bautista Agut and Gael Monfils respectively in a packed draw.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, who plays Alexander Zverev next, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Diego Schwartzman also reached the last 16.

Alexander Zverev came through his first-round clash with Frances Tiafoe unscathed at the China Open, winning 6-3 6-2 on Monday.

World number six Zverev has won one title this year and still has work to do to reach the ATP Finals in London, where he triumphed last year.

But the German enjoyed a successful start to his week in Beijing, beating Tiafoe with relative ease, facing just a single break point over the two sets.

Zverev was joined in the second round by fourth seed Karen Khachanov, who defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-2 7-6 (9-7) – the Uruguayan passing up four chances to force a deciding set.

Grigor Dimitrov remained unable to build on his run to the US Open semi-finals and was beaten 6-2 7-5 by 21-year-old Andrey Rublev.

Jeremy Chardy defeated Marco Cecchinato 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 7-6 (7-4), while there were contrasting fortunes for three British players in action.

Kyle Edmund came up short against Zhang Zhizhen and lost 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-5), but Dan Evans saw off Zhe Li and Cameron Norrie benefited from Cristian Garin's retirement.

At the Japan Open Tennis Championships, seeds Lucas Pouille and Marin Cilic came through their openers in straight sets, beating Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-3 and Yuichi Sugita 6-4 6-4 respectively.

There is home representation in the next round, though, as Go Soeda battled past Jan-Lennard Struff in three sets and Yoshihito Nishioka brushed aside Joao Sousa.

Meanwhile, Hyeon Chung recovered from a tough start to beat Lorenzo Sonego 3-6 6-3 6-4.

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