‘I might as well shoot for the stars. And if I don’t get there, then that’s all right,’ says Andy Murray
Andy Murray admits adding to his three Grand Slam titles will be a tough ask but insists he will continue to “shoot for the stars” for the rest of his career.
The 33-year-old Scot’s US Open comeback was ended in the second round by Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.
But 20 months after he announced he may have to quit tennis due to a chronic hip injury, just being on the starting grid at Flushing Meadows was a triumph in itself.
Murray’s metal hip was certainly put to the test in an epic four-and-a-half hour, five-set marathon against Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round.
But those exertions proved just too much against rising star Auger-Aliassime, with the 20-year-old playing arguably the finest match of his career.
Nevertheless, Murray said: “Even after that I would say I’m more positive about what I could do in grand slams than I was before I came over here.
“To come over here and play a couple of tough matches in Cincinnati, and I played certainly one very tough match here, and my right hip felt good. That’s really, really positive.
“There are other things that need to get better, but I would say that I’m more positive now than what I was a couple of months ago, that’s for sure.
“In terms of winning grand slams again, that’s going to be extremely difficult to do. It was hard enough when I had two normal hips.
Forever a warrior.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2020
“So it will be difficult, but I’ll keep trying. Why not? Why shouldn’t I try my hardest to do that? And if I don’t, that’s all right.
“But I might as well shoot for the stars. And if I don’t get there, then that’s all right. But I’m trying my best to get the most out of what my body gives me now.”
Murray does not plan to play at the forthcoming Italian Open, which starts a week before the rescheduled French Open, but he intends to compete at Roland Garros in what will be his first outing on clay since 2017.
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both fall at semi-final stage in London
Dominic Thiem recovered from 0-4 in the deciding tie-break with Djokovic, while Nadal served for the match against Daniil Medvedev.
Rafael Nadal’s dream of a first ATP Finals title evaporates as Daniil Medvedev blows him away in London
Nadal served for the match in the second set but Medvedev turned things around impressively.
Australian Open set to be moved amid fears players will not travel due to Covid restrictions – reports
Australian Open chiefs look set to make a bold move in a bid to save the 2021 edition of the tournament
‘He was too good’ – Novak Djokovic salutes Dominic Thiem after ATP Finals thriller
Novak Djokovic admitted there was ‘nothing he could do’ as Dominic Thiem beat him in the ATP Finals
Dominic Thiem hands Novak Djokovic another London defeat to reach final
Thiem recovered from 4-0 in the deciding tie-break to reach the final at The O2 for the second straight year.
Every word of Rafael Nadal’s press conference ahead of his ATP Finals showdown with Daniil Medvedev
Rafael Nadal will take on Daniil Medvedev in…
In-form Daniil Medvedev sweeps aside Diego Schwartzman to extend winning run
Daniil Medvedev swept to victory over Diego Schwartzman at the ATP Finals
Novak Djokovic supports introduction of domestic violence policy in tennis
Zverev has been accused of serious assault by a former girlfriend.
Novak Djokovic backs development of domestic violence policy in tennis
Alexander Zverev has been accused of serious assault by former girlfriend Olga Sharypova.
Novak Djokovic books Dominic Thiem semi-final with victory over Alexander Zverev
The world’s top four players make up the semi-final line-up at The O2.