Metz tournament director Julien Boutter absolutely believes that former world No. 1 Andy Murray can return to the top-30. Murray, now ranked at No. 109 in the world, has been ranked outside the top-100 for a while. Boutter decided to award Murray a wild card into Metz and the Briton made the quarterfinal at the tournament last week.
Had Murray beaten eventual champion Hubert Hurkacz in the Metz quarterfinal, he would have returned inside the top-100. “Murray has tennis in his racket to get back into the Top 30. I spoke with him about it. He agreed," Julien Boutter told We Love Tennis.
Murray made his first ATP quarterfinal of the season in Metz
“I think I played better this week than I did in Cincinnati and in Winston Salem,” said Murray. “I did play a pretty good match at the US Open.
But like I said the other day, I’m not that interested in playing well and losing. “I want to be winning these matches and I’ve certainly created enough opportunities to not necessarily win all of them, but to make it closer than what it has been and give myself a better chance of winning.
So, yeah, I’m disappointed with that. "My goal is not to get back in the top 100. I want to get back into the top 10 – [that] would be more something that would motivate me in terms of the goal”. Murray, who has a goal of winning 700 matches on the ATP Tour, currently has 684 match wins.
“Winning is what sport is all about, and if you can play great whilst doing that even better. But if you can’t, and you don’t play your best, then winning is a great feeling," Murray said. “That’s why I am still playing.
I have little goals — to get to 700 wins on tour. I’m not particularly interested in losing and playing well”.