Andy Murray is confident he is progressing in the right direction after his best win since his comeback.
Murray spent a lengthy time on the sideline due to a hip injury though has now returned to competitive tennis.
He featured at the Zhuhai Open last week, where he made it through to the second round before being beaten by Alex de Minaur,
But Murray’s toughest test since his return came against Matteo Berrettini at the China Open.
Berrettini reached the semi-finals at the US Open last month and has had an impressive season.
But Murray edged the Italian in two tie-break sets, winning 7-6 7-6.
And the Brit is hoping it can kickstart a run, though admits he’s unsure if his body can handle more matches.
“I didn’t really feel like I was playing at a great level [against Gasquet in Cincinnati],” he said after beating Berrettini.
“Whereas even last week (in Zhuhai), although I lost in the second round [to Australia’s Alex De Minaur], I felt like I was playing tour-level tennis.
“I think things are going in the right direction.
“Last week was a big step for me. Now I just need to try and get the matches, get them consistently, so that I’m used to playing three, four matches in a week.
“Right now, at this level, I don’t know if I’m ready to do that or not.
“So the more I can get through these sort of matches like I did today, I’ll get there a little bit quicker.”
Murray takes on fellow Brit Cameron Norrie in the second round later this week.
He is looking to get back to the form that saw him top the world rankings and win three Grand Slams.
But for now, his focus is just on facing Norrie.
Murray added: “Hopefully I can have a good run here. That was a good start for me. I think I play again tomorrow so that will be a good test for me.
“It’s the first time I will have played high-level back-to-back days, see how I pull up after that one. But it’s a bit of progress for me again this week, which is good.
“I feel like the progress has been quite consistent and hopefully that keeps going through to the end of the year.”