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see him walking around in between The encouraging news is mounting for Andy Murraybefore his return to the Tour in Australia in the new year. His travelling coach, Jamie Delgado, sounded as confident as Roger Federer had earlier in the week about the Scot��s chances of coming back competitively from a hip injury that at one point seemed bad enough to end his career. Women's Nike Oakland Raiders #60 Otis Sistrunk Limited Pink Rush Fashion NFL Jersey��He played the exhibition last week in Scotland with Federer, that was good,�� Delgado told Sky Sports. ��That was the first time [since losing to Sam Querrey in the semi-finals at Wimbledon four months ago] that he had played against anyone at that level.��His body recovered well after that. Then a few days later we came down here to practise with [Dominic] Thiem. That was a progression as well. He enjoyed it. Limited Ken Crawley Youth Black Nike Jersey - #20 NFL New Orleans Saints 2016 Salute to Service ��It was great to be back here and see all the guys again and also to give him the feel of coming to a tennis event. He hasn��t been to one for a few months. [He is] missing that a lot. He will need that, practising with those guys over the next couple of months to get him ready for next year.�� ��The plan is to start in Brisbane in the first week of the year and then there is a week��s gap between that and the Australian Open. We are in the process now of getting ready for a few weeks and try to get a pre-season block together, try and get some good players to practise with and pick up that level and get ready for Australia. We are very confident and hopeful that he will be back to his best.�� Federer earlier in the week added to the feelgood bounce after their exhibition match in Glasgow, observing that he looked ��pretty good�� �C although the former British players Tim Henman and Andrew Castle were less upbeat. Castle, who had hip problems towards the end of his career, was particularly pessimistic. Murray refuses to talk about the exact nature of his hip injury, but it is thought to be no more than wear and tear after a long and physically demanding career. He has been encouraged during his rehab by his main coach, Ivan Lendl, who also suffered hip problems as a player.Roger Federer eased past Jack Sock in two sets on the opening day of the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday, then calmed concerns about the playing future of the absent champion, Andy Murray �C an upbeat view in sharp contrast to gloomy prognoses by Tim Henman and Andrew Castle. While Murray��s British friends fear his injured hip could bring his career to a premature close, Federer, who played the Scot on his return from four months off the Tour in an exhibition match in Glasgow on Tuesday, has no such worries. ��Considering he has been totally out of the spotlight, it was a brave move for him to put himself out there, give it a go,�� said Federer, who had just beaten Sock 6-4, 7-6 (4). ��Nobody really knew how he was doing. I was happy how he was playing. Definitely he can move better, he can serve better. We know all these things. For a start it was quite encouraging and OK.��He still has a lot of time before Australia comes around. Only he knows at what level he wants to return to competition. But I thought he was actually pretty good. I didn��t expect him to be this good yet.�� Earlier, however, Henman told the BBC: ��You see him walking around in between Donnie Shell Authentic Jerseypoints or away from the court, the limp is quite pronounced. Then when you see him moving on the court, his movement is improving. I still think he��s got a long way to go to get back and be 100%.�� Castle said: ��I tried to find out a few things about his hip. The team doesn��t give too much away. He��s doing his best to be ready to go out to Australia and to acclimatise. But, look, I��ve got a metal hip. The hip is bad news. It ties up the top half and the bottom half. You need it. I��m very worried about Andy��s future in the game because of the area that is clearly troubling him. Fingers crossed he will be able to come back.�� Federer, meanwhile, began his pursuit Donnie Shell Authentic Jersey of a seventh title here in impressive style. There were a few mis-hits, some dazzling winners and the result that many among the 20,000 fans present were hoping for against Sock, the American underdog who had to win the final in Paris last week to make the final eight here.��It was really just a matter of trying to keep the ball in play,�� Federer said afterwards of the challenge of defusing Sock��s rocket-like serves after soaking up 11 aces. ��It��s always a struggle early in a Donnie Shell Authentic Jersey tournament. After a while you��re just happy to hit some good strokes. The second set was tight. The breaker could have gone either way but he helped me with a double fault and some mistakes.�� On his performance he said: ��I was serving well, didn��t have too many problems in the second set. That was a good win for me, because it was tricky. He served big: 105mph, 110, 115 sometimes on the second serve. ��I��ve been coming over on the return on the backhand for a while, the bigger racket helps, and it��s also about more confidence. I didn��t serve and volley as much I would like today. If you come in, the more time you spend at the net you find the more points there are there. It��s a great option to have. If it doesn��t work, don��t do it.��The first set came briefly to life in the sixth game when Federer butchered a routine volley at the net on game point �C distracted possibly by the American turning his back and showing him his backside. There was an exchange of grins on the changeover but, when serious business resumed, the Swiss completed the job. As Federer observed later: ��It looks very easy. I don��t know what happened.�� Sock was more competitive early in the second set before the strain told. A double fault cost him break point in the sixth game, he had to settle his nerves at 4-3 and needed to save twice to hold for 5-4. Federer held to love, a deft volley at the net then getting him a sixth break point. Sock wriggled out of trouble with his final ace but the end arrived when he double-faulted in the tie-break for the sixth time in the match before slapping a tired forehand long and a fraught contest was done after an hour and a half.Trust in raw talent is no guarantee of victory in any sport, and it was tested to snapping point when Roger Federer survived a serious examination of his pedigree to advance to the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals, while Jack Sock also stayed in the race. Sock, full of American swagger on his first visit to the singles tournament, beat the 2014 US Open champion and this year��s Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in two hours and 37 minutes in the afternoon, while Federer, who has won six of these end-of-season titles, beat the rising Alexander Zverev 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1 in the evening. It took the Swiss two hours and 11 minutes, although not all of that experience was entirely serene.Federer plays Cilic on Thursday afternoon, clearly designed to ramp up day-time ticket sales in a shredded by the absence of the injured Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Warwinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, as well as the less-than-surprising departure of Rafael Nadal after limping to heroic defeat on one good knee against David Goffin on Monday. Sock plays Zverev in the evening TV slot. Federer, who had not dropped a set here this week, said courtside after a rousing comeback against Zverev: ��It was a good battle. I was trying to put a lot of balls in play. It was tough. I don��t think I qualified for the ATP World Finals at 20. I��m very excited for his future. He��s a great guy. I��m relieved that in the last match I can play freely against Cilic. Maybe now I can work on my game a little.�� Reflecting on his performance, he told Sky: ��I��m using the slice behind the baseline normally but I got stuck, a little too passive a few times. I struggled on the offence a few times today. [But] I��m qualified again for the semis. I couldn��t be happier.�� After 24 games, Zverev, already No3 in the world �C the ranking that the injured Murray held in absentia until tumbling to No16 in the world �C held three set points on Federer��s serve, and the arena was on edge all around the 20,000 seats as the Swiss strained to keep the Donnie Shell Authentic Jersey contest down to two sets and an early night. The tension remained ramped to the limit as a wayward Federer backhand allowed the Russian-German to level at a set each. They had been playing for precisely two hours, a symmetry that would soon be ripped asunder. The finish was nowhere near as fraught as the beginning. Federer had lost only four times in 53 matches this year: but only the Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the second round in Dubai in February, and Tommy Haas, at the first time of asking in Stuttgart in June, had beaten him from a set down.When Zverev blew a 40-0 lead with a lazy forehand to drop serve for 1-4 in the third, the game looked pretty much up. A double fault to hand Federer victory was more than symbolic. Zverev was tired, spent and well beaten. ��That was a tough one, for sure,�� Sock, here for the first time in singles, said after beating, the Croatian��s seventh defeat in eight matches here over the years. ��It��s been an interesting morning so far,�� the American said. ��The fire alarm went off in our hotel 4am. ��I love playing in London. You make me feel at home. My coach nicknamed me Showtime when I was young because I always love to play in front of people. There��s always a lot going on. I don��t even know what I��m doing some times.��