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Andy Murray shifting his targets ahead of anticipated return

Andy Murray has revealed his wish to simply return to full fitness currently trumps winning further grand slam titles after a year blighted by injury.

Murray was primed to add to his haul of three majors after starting 2017 as world number one, but indifferent results in Australia and France were followed by a hip complaint that has sidelined him since his quarterfinal exit at Wimbledon in July.

Murray sat out a large portion of 2017 due to a hip injury. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
The 30-year-old has slumped to 16th in the rankings and once again split with coach Ivan Lendl, but says his absence from competitive action has allowed him to rediscover his love for the sport and forced a shift in priorities.

He told Sky Sports: "When I was fit and healthy last year you think about winning all the major events, getting to number one and winning every competition you're in, that's what really drives you.

"When you miss four or five months -- and there's been a bit of uncertainty about my hip and stuff and I missed the US Open and I almost missed Wimbledon as well -- the goals change and I remember now how much I just love playing tennis.

PA Sport

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