Murray upbeat over fitness hopes for Monte-Carlo Masters

The reigning world number one has been suffering from an elbow problem and has not played a competitive match since suffering a shock second-round defeat to Vasek Pospisil at last month's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

The Scot will face Gilles Muller or wild card Tommy Robredo in the second round, with a possible quarter-final against fifth seed Marin Cilic or 2015 runner-up Tomas Berdych. The three-time Grand Slam victor tested his fitness on Monday night (10 April) and lost 3-6, 6-7 to Roger Federer in a Match for Africa 3 charity exhibition contest at Zurich's Hallenstadion that raised over £1m ($1.25m) for the Roger Federer foundation.

"I was not optimistic after playing Roger in Zurich, my serve felt much slower than normal", Murray said. I've been lucky with injuries. Over the course of eight days, the champions go head-to-head in the season's first clay event.

Murray has not had the start to the year he would have wanted, with a shock loss to Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open followed by a bout of shingles. I was playing the right way.

'I only really started serving as hard as I would hope to in a match two days ago, ' he said. My elbow has reacted well, so I feel good about it. "I really enjoy my food, but I'm a awful cook unfortunately".

Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund, British number two and three respectively, play each other for the first time on the ATP Tour in the first round on Monday.

Kyrgios had indicated he was experiencing some wear and tear from a busy couple of months, which has seen him make three semifinals in four events and get two wins against world No. 2 Novak Djokovic.

However, after an ordinary start to the new season, Djokovic should hit peak form soon if is to stand a chance of winning his third title in Monte Carlo.

  • Kyle Peterson