Andy Murray ‘surprised’ he can still compete with the best players

Ewan West
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Three-time major champion Andy Murray has admitted he is “surprised” his game is still able to “match up and compete” with the best players in the world. 

The 36-year-old explained this surprise comes from his awareness of “how difficult” it is for him physically at this stage of his career.

Murray is currently ranked 44th in the ATP Rankings, having reached 38th – his highest spot since undergoing two hip surgeries – in June.

The Brit was narrowly beaten in five sets by world No 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round of Wimbledon last month, having led by two sets to one.

The two-time Olympic gold medallist holds a 9-10 record on the ATP Tour in 2023 and has also won three Challenger Tour titles.

Speaking ahead of his return to action at this week’s Citi Open in Washington, Murray discussed his ability to trouble elite players.

“I’m surprised by that sometimes, because I know how difficult it is for me physically now. That my game is still able to match up and compete with the best players, yeah, I’m surprised by it,” Murray said in an interview with ATPTour.com.

The former world No 1 also spoke about his experience of playing in Washington for the first time in 2006.

“Brad Gilbert’s here this week and the first week that we spent together was here when he started coaching me. We were chatting about it the other day, I remember the first match that I played here, I played against Ramon Delgado. And they didn’t use to play before like four o’clock, because of the conditions,” Murray explained.

“We were the first match on at four and I remember it just being brutally hot. I also played a match against Feli Lopez that year, and we got rained off because of thunderstorms and between the thunderstorms and going back out, I changed [my approach].

“A lot of people talk about the way that I returned now, I have quite a distinctive jump. And that started in that match, because Brad was saying I was standing too close to the baseline to return serve. So I had to go further back, which I did when we went back out there. And I instinctively started sort of jumping forwards before the return.”

Murray will face either Aleksandar Vukic or Brandon Nakashima in his first match at the ATP 500 tournament on Wednesday. He is also competing in doubles alongside fellow Brit Dan Evans.

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