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Murray: Serving as Big as My Mid 20s

Throughout his career, Andy Murray has been one of tennis' top returners.

Now, the 33-year-old Murray has regained his stinging serve.

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The former world No. 1 says he's now able to serve as big as he did in his 20s following rehab from hip surgeries.

"For the two years before I had the operation I couldn't extend my leg properly, so my right leg would always bend when I went to extend it and that was affecting my serve a lot. I had to change my ball toss and was not able to drive up properly," Murray told BBC One in an interview for its Andy Murray's Greatest Hits telecast. "But now, because it does extend properly, I am able to serve well again and am able to serve as hard as I was in my mid-20s, which given I didn't know I was going to be able to play again has been really positive."

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Murray says regaining his bigger serve can help create shorter points, saving the wear and tear on his body. 

"Obviously when you are able to serve bigger and harder, it means more shorter points—and that means good news for the body and the hip," Murray said. "The harder I serve, the better it is for my other hip I guess."

Murray told BBC One he plans to return to action at the Citi Open in Washington, DC starting August 14th.

The three-time Grand Slam champion conceded he thought his competitive career could be done prior to his comeback from hip resurfacing surgery he underwent on January 28th, 2019 following a tearful Australian Open exit.

It was Murray's second hip surgery in a year.

Nearly 10 months after his surgery, Murray claimed his 46th career title and first since Dubai in February of 2017 when he fought off 34-year-old Stan Wawrinka, 3-6 6-4 6-4 in front of a packed house at the European Open in Antwerp.

Murray concluded 2019 with an 11-7 record earning ATP Comeback Player of the Year honors.

Photo credit: Andy Murray Instagram