Four Brits in China Open main draw as Andy Murray handed tough schedule in…

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Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie joined Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund in the main draw of the China Open to give Beijing a slightly British feel.

The Chinese are making final preparations for the large-scale celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the country's birth as a communist nation.

But all four leading Britons will be holding the flag, with Murray buoyed by news that Alex de Minaur – the man he almost beat on Thursday in Zhuhai – continued to sweep everything in front of him to lift the trophy with a 7- 6, 6-4 beat Adrian Mannarino.

Evans, meanwhile, had to leave a game against Vasek Popisil to win a first round clash with Zhe Li's hope at home today.

Norrie also started slowly, recovering to defeat Damir Dzumhur 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reconquering himself with Christian Garin of Chile, a regular opponent at the Junior Circuit.

Murray will not face the dangerous eighth coach Matteo Berrettini until Tuesday.

The Italian has established himself as one of the most promising young talents of the ATP Tour with his monstrous serve.

Speaking of Zhuhai, Murray has revealed that he thinks he is playing at the "top 60" level right now after losing to De Minaur.

He explained: “I'm not playing in the top 20, top 30 tennis now, I'm probably in the top 70, top 60, at some level. So it won't be so easy for me to win matches there [in Beijing].

“However, I can still make some improvements in the coming days. I think it's Thursday night, so I'll have a chance to rest from this week on the next two days and hopefully have some good days practicing there in Beijing and wait and see what happens with the draw.

“There are a lot of good players out there and I could play with the top 10 players in the first round and I didn't expect to win this game now.

“I think my movement is much better than six weeks ago, eight weeks ago, when I was competing, that was the main thing.

“It's good to finish a long match like this and not have hip pain and trouble sleeping and stuff afterwards. So that's cool, not something I have to worry about.

“Yesterday was the first time in my entire career that I didn't practice the day before a match. I was tired after the first round and tried to rest and recover as much as possible, and that was something I did differently.

“I'm trying, perhaps, to look for other ways to give my body a break and a rest when I can, which perhaps is something from the past that I wouldn't have done, would be in court yesterday practicing and stuff.

“So some things I'm trying to do differently to find out what's the best thing for my body right now. But I learned that my hip could handle well after two long fights.

“But the rest of my body is tired, which I find normal. With the amount of tennis I've played recently, it hasn't been too hard and at this level playing two and a half hour games is hard and it takes time to get used to it. "



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