Rafael Nadal has claimed that Andy Murray will have no issues returning to the top of world tennis when he fully recovers from an ongoing hip problem, the Daily Express report.

Murray, who had surgery on the hip problem in January, missed out on the French Open, Wimbledon, and was defeated in the second round of the US Open in 2018.

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However, the former world number one, who is currently ranked 256th in the world, looks set to return next month at the first Grand Slam of the year, despite admitting in recent weeks that he is still in some pain.

The Spaniard, who like Murray has had his injury problems over the past few years, heaped praise on the Scot ahead of his return at the Australian Open.

Talking to the media, Nadal said he had no doubts Murray will return to the top level if fully fit.

If he is healthy, I am sure he will be back at the highest level.

He is too good, same like Novak [Djokovic].

But if you have problems, and you have limitations on the movement and this kind of stuff, then it’s very difficult to be consistent all the time. I know, because I have a lot experience.

Murray and Nadal may well meet at an early stage of the tournament, with the main draw set to take place on Monday.