Revealed: What Andy Murray needs to do to get a Wimbledon seeding
Andy Murray won his second grass court title of the summer as he lifted the ATP Challenger trophy at the Rothesay Open Nottingham – and now he is closing in on a seeding at Wimbledon.
The former world number one followed up his win at Surbiton last week with a flawless display to lift the Rothesay Nottingham Open.
Murray beat Frenchman Arthur Cazaux 6-4 6-4 in the final to make it 10 wins in a row.
That is his best sequence since 2017, when he still topped the world rankings and was not playing with a metal hip.
He will now head to his favourite stomping ground at Queen’s, where another good week will see him improve his ranking enough to be seeded at SW19.
The 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon champion has made no secret of his eagerness to make it into the top 32 of the ATP rankings to ensure he is seeded at Wimbledon.
Now he needs two wins in the cinch Championships at The Queen’s Club next week to secure a seeding for the third Grand Slam of the year.
Murray faces Australian Alex De Mianur in the opening round at Queen’s and could face a second round match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the second round.
“It will be a tough first match,” said Murray of his clash with De Minaur at Queen’s.
“He likes the grass and he is someone I had some tough battles with in the past. Hopefully I get some rest in tomorrow and get ready for Tuesday.”
Murray was pleased with his performance in Nottingham, as he made it ten straight wins in succession on grass and also won back-to-back titles for the first time since 2016.
“It was great to win another tournament,” he stated.
“I played some good tennis this week. I felt better than last week in Surbiton, which is positive. Hopefully I can keep improving over the next few weeks.
“The courts were brilliant. The tournament is really well organised. When the result goes well, players tend to be happy.”
It is now four years since Murray returned to action following his hip resurfacing operation and he is pushing to be seeded at a grand slam for the first time since then at Wimbledon in two weeks’ time.
“I probably wish I’d dropped down and played more at this level sooner,” he added. “I did play a few Challengers when I came back but maybe I should have stayed there a little bit longer.
“I’ve won against three or four top-100 players in this run. There’s been some good wins against experienced grass-court players.
“For me physically and mentally to get used to being in this situation more again has been really helpful. Now it’s up to me to try and carry that on at the higher level over the next few weeks.”
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