Former world No. 1 Andy Murray suffered a straight-set defeat to Carlos Alcaraz in the Vienna round-of-16 but he was glad with the level of play he showed. Alcaraz, ranked at No. 42 in the world, saw off Murray 6-3 6-4 to reach the Vienna quarterfinal.
"The beginning of the match was exceptional, we played both unbelievable points. In the second set my level wasn't as high as in the first, but I won't say bad. In general today there was a lot of good tennis in there," Murray said after the loss, per Lorenzo Ercoli.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray dropped a major praise on Alcaraz, calling the 18-year-old a "top player." "Alcaraz is young, but he is still a top player. He did play extremely well today," Murray insisted.
Murray for sure plans to play Stockholm
"I'm definitely playing in Stockholm, about Paris Bercy i'm still not 100% sure. Davis Cup was something I didn't plan, for the reasons I told in the last days. I want to have a proper off-season, my tennis is improving and I need to work on it without pressure," Murray noted.
This week, Murray hinted he could still change his mind and play the Davis Cup Finals. "Never say never, maybe I could be convinced to play," Murray told The Times. "When I was getting asked about it, I had six weeks in a row planned.
I am not young, I need to rest as well. When I have played, the Davis Cup has always been physically very demanding. "At times I’ve played matches when I probably shouldn’t have. There were many times when I was younger where I had injuries and the team and everyone knew about that and sort of made me play.
"When you’re playing for your country and stuff, there’s always an extra pressure when people are trying to get you to play because you don’t want to let your team down. "Sometimes I’ve maybe not been protected in these situations in the past and it cost me. I just want to be mindful of that in the future."