Paris Masters chief left in awe of Andy Murray achievement ahead of return

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Andy Murray’s return to the Paris Masters has been heralded by tournament director Guy Forget. The three-time Grand Slam champion gets his tournament underway on Monday when he faces American Jenson Brooksby.

He will be hoping to go deep into the tournament after failing to back up a number of impressive wins in recent weeks.

It’s been a busy schedule for the former British No 1 in recent weeks with the Paris Masters being his seventh event since the US Open.

He’s shown signs of his former self at times, beating No 5 seed Hubert Hurkacz at the Vienna Open last week.

There have also been notable wins over Frances Tiafoe, Carlos Alcaraz and Ugo Humbert.

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He’s managed all this having recovered from two major hip surgeries which threatened to force him into an early retirement.

But Murray continues to battle on the ATP Tour in a bid to prove that he’s more than capable of competing with the best.

And Forget doesn’t believe there’s anybody else in the game who would have the capability to do what Murray is currently doing.

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“We talk about Rafa, Roger, and Novak in the last few years,” Forget said during the Paris Masters draw.

“Of course, they won most of the Grand Slams but Andy was right behind them on their tail.

“You know, Andy’s won a few. He won the Davis Cup, he’s been No 1 in the world.

“He went through a series of surgeries on his hip and I don’t know who else could’ve done that.

“He not only won an ATP event and he’s beaten a top 10 player.

“He seems like a junior again when you saw his attitude and the way he handled his matches.

“He’s just unbelievable and I think it is a nice story to write here in the Masters 1000 in Paris.

“So good luck Andy and we are very happy to have you here.”

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