Andy Murray the marathon man – Remarkable stats from 2023 so far as he already totals 31 hours on court
Andy Murray pulled off another deciding-set victory on Thursday as he came from a set down to defeat Tomas Martin Etcheverry in Indian Wells, but it is just one in a long list of incredible wins from the marathon man so far this year.
Not for the first time in 2023 – and probably not for the last – Murray was involved in a match that went the distance as he defeated the Argentine 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-4 in just over three hours in the first round of the ATP Masters 1000 event in California.
His clash against the world No 61 was his 10th match of the year and seven of those encounters have gone to a deciding set, and remarkably he has won all seven of them.
But when you can pull off points like this when you are really up against, is it really a surprise?
QUINTESSENTIAL ANDY MURRAY pic.twitter.com/uTdSGyZgO7
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 10, 2023
The three matches that didn’t go the distance were against Sebastian Korda in the first round of the Adelaide International, his third-round clash against Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round at Australia – although that one took four sets to settle – and the final of the Qatar Open against Daniil Medvedev.
Murray has already spent 31 hours and three minutes on court so far this year and on only two occasions (against Korda and Medvedev) did his match not go beyond two hours.
Breakdown of Andy Murray’s 31 hours on court in 2023
Sebastian Korda – 01h56m
Matteo Berrettini – 04h49m
Thanasi Kokkinakis – 05h45m
Roberto Bautista Agut – 03h29m
Lorenzo Sonego – 02h30m
Alexander Zverev – 03h02m
Alexandre Muller – 02h04m
Jiri Lehecka – 02h29m
Daniil Medvedev – 01h46m
Indian Wells Open
Tomas Martin Etcheverry – 03h12m
Other incredible statistics from Andy Murray’s remarkable marathon encounters in 2023
* He saved a match point en route to a five-set win over 13th seed Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open.
* Murray came from two sets down to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis at Melbourne Park in what was the longest match of his career.
* The three-time Grand Slam winner saved three match points against Lorenzo Sonego in Qatar
* He saved five match points saved against Jiri Lehecka in the semi-final in Qatar
It’s no surprise that Murray “doesn’t want it” to stop.
“I’ve been fighting my hardest. I really want to make the most of these last years that I’ve got,” the 35-year-old said after his latest win.
“I’ve managed to fight through some brutal matches. It’s been incredible really.
“I don’t want it to stop. I know it will at some stage but while it’s going like this, might as well enjoy it.”
We don’t think anyone wants it to stop.
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