Thursday March 27th, 2014

Although he came away with a loss, Andy Murray exhibited some promising play against Novak Djokovic. (Joel Auerbach/AP) Although he came away with a loss, Andy Murray exhibited some promising play against Novak Djokovic. (Joel Auerbach/AP)

It's been nearly nine months since we've seen anything resembling Andy Murray's best tennis, but that's OK. Finally achieving a career-defining victory and then going under the knife for back surgery will do that to you. But Murray finally seemed to turn the corner this week at the Sony Open, where he ripped through the draw only to lose to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals in a well-contested match.

After the loss, Murray said he was pleased with his progress and that his anticipation and movement in particular had improved. That definitely showed in this stunning backhand pass he hit past Djokovic early in their match on Wednesday. The two engaged in a long, grueling rally before Djokovic looked to end with a big forehand approach shot wide to Murray's backhand. The Brit picked the right angle in pursuit and was able to flick an angled backhand pass for the winner.

Watch the point below: http://youtu.be/YZErzO7FTyE

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