Andy Murray believes he is on course to be a force again at the top of men's tennis ahead of a Battle of Britain at Eastbourne with Kyle Edmund.

The former world No.1's clash with Edmund at Devonshire Park today is his third match back from an 11-month absence since Wimbledon last year and hip surgery in January.

Murray ran Nick Kyrgios close on his comeback at Queen's last week before beating fellow wild card and injury victim Stan Wawrinka in convincing fashion in the first round at Eastbourne on Monday.

The two-time Wimbledon champion has yet to decide if he will play at the All England Club next week, but he is happy with his progress since returning.

Murray told The Argus: I think I have done pretty well. I probably expected it to be harder, but I am only two matches in.

"Maybe if I was to go far in this tournament or maybe for the first time like if I was to win on Wednesday and have to play on Thursday, that's a different challenge.

"So maybe that would be, again, difficult for me. Playing the best-of-five-set match at Wimbledon, as well, is a different challenge.

"But from the amount of practice that I have had and how I have played in the matches, I'm pretty positive that - maybe not this week or next week, but given a bit of time - I can still compete with the best players again."

The Argus: Murray, ranked 156 in the world after his hip trouble, finds himself in the unfamiliar situation of being an underdog against another Brit.

In his absence Edmund (above) has soared to No.18, although Murray won their only two previous meetings two years ago in quarter-finals on hardcourt in Beijing and grass in the best of three sets at Queen's.

Murray said: "I don't care so much about those sort of tags, like who the favourite is going into the match or not. But certainly a lot has changed since the last time we played in terms of the experience that he has and the results that he's had and how well he's been playing.

"I'm sure he'll go into the match feeling very confident. And for me it's another step in my recovery from the injury that I have had.

"It's a really good test for me. I would have played in the space of a week, ten days, three excellent players. Obviously Stan's had his injury problems as well, but he's still a top player.

"So for me to get another match against someone as good as Kyle is a really positive thing for me. Hopefully I'm going to perform well and win the match. But it will be tricky."

Edmund, semi-finalist at the Australian Open at the start of the year, has been impressed by Murray's comeback so far.

He said: "I think Queen's he played really pretty well for his first match. He's looking good, pretty normal to me."