Andy Murray lost 6-3, 7-6(5) to Roger Federer in the latter’s 'The Match for Africa 3' at the Hallenstadion on Monday night but afterwards told his fans that they might see him competing at Monte Carlo in a week’s time.
Murray last featured at Indian Wells where he suffered a shock defeat to Vasek Pospisil.
Thereafter, he was diagnosed with shingles and also suffered an elbow injury which meant that he missed the prestigious Miami Open, Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarterfinal clash with France and this week’s U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Scot. He was fit enough to play in Federer’s charity match on Monday and despite losing said he was optimistic about what the coming weeks hold for him.
"I enjoyed it," Murray said after his light-hearted clash against Federer.
"I haven't played a match for five or six weeks so to come out and play in front of this crowd against Roger, I appreciate him asking me to come and do this.
"Monte Carlo starts in a week, so I'm hoping, if I keep progressing as I have with the elbow, to play Monte Carlo.
"If not, then I just need to stay patient and I'll try the following week. I'm getting there, I just have to go slowly."
Murray still occupies the best ranking in the men’s game but will be keen to get 2017 going sooner rather than later after a slow start.
Clay has never been his favourite surface – he has never won Roland Garros. However, this might be a great time to change all that.