Andy Murray casts doubt over his next move after Daniil Medvedev defeat

Kevin Palmer
Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev

Andy Murray admitted he doesn’t know what the next few days hold after he was beaten by Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Qatar Open.

Murray’s thrilling run in Doha ended in defeat, as he lost 6-4, 6-4 to Medvedev, but he was competitive throughout against a top ten opponent.

That should encourage the Scot to continue his push to return to the top of the game, with his ambition to be seeded for Grand Slam events boosted by his performances in Qatar.

“It was an incredible week, obviously didn’t finish as I wanted, but I had some amazing matches here and create some great memories,” said Murray.

“Daniil is one of my favourite players to watch and one of the best on the tour, so it’s great for me to get to play someone of that level again in a final.

“I’m proud of my week and the work me and my team have put in to get back to this point.”

Murray will now make a short trip to ahead of next week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, but he suggested after the match that he may not compete in a tournament where he is due to meet Hubert Hurkacz in the first round.

The Scot suggested he needed to be “smarter” to ensure his body is not pushed to breaking point ahead a challenging week of lengthy matches in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Medvedev admitted he pinching himself as he got towards the end of the match against Murray.

“It’s unbelievable,” said the Russian. “I have to be at my best from the first to the last point to beat him. He’s a legend.

“He’s playing better and better, not only here but in general. This is amazing to see, he’s fighting. Today, just unbelievable how he won.

“I go to match point and said to myself, “wow, I have match point against Andy Murray”. That is not a good thing when you are on court.

“I managed to find momentum in Rotterdam. The first two matches I played there were tough.

“I didn’t feel good before that tournament, and then starting in the quarter-finals against Felix [Auger-Aliassime], I started to find my rhythm.

“I started to play really good. Serve better, move better. Today it was tough for Andy to put the balls through me many times, and now the question is if it can continue. I’m going to try as long as I can.”

Murray will move up to just outside the top 50 in the ATP rankings after his winning run in Doha, with a place in the top 32 of the rankings in sight ahead of the French Open in April.