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Andy Murray looks to lighten his workload as he eyes top-10 return

• British No1 continues recovery from hip injury with practice match at the O2
• Murray will have to limit tournament appearances to extend his playing career

Andy Murray, who is unable to defend his title at the ATP World Tour Finals, which start on Sunday, practised at the London O2 Arena on Saturday with one of the young finalists, Dominic Thiem, a stark image of the game’s brutal physicality.

As his wounded hip heals slowly, Murray still limps a little, but his mood is more upbeat than at any time during his four-month absence since losing in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. He felt sufficiently confident after his public reappearance in a charity match in Glasgow, against Roger Federer this week, to test himself against the dynamic Austrian at the venue where he won the title for the first time a year ago.

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