Former world No. 1 Andy Murray says he has always liked to play in Australia and he hopes to return to the country for at least few more years. Murray, 34, is a five-time Australian Open finalist but he has never won a title at Melbourne Park.
Murray has no Australian Open titles in his collection but he captured back-to-back Brisbane titles in 2012 and 2013. “My feeling is no longer that of having been coming here every year to compete, in fact, I hadn't won a match in Australia for more than 1,000 days.
I am aware of the situation I have been through, but this is a place where I have always liked to play," said Murray, per Sportskeeda. "Being that the conditions and the courts suit me, I feel very comfortable in Australia, so I hope to play a few more years."
Murray having a strong Sydney campaign
On Thursday, Murray won the first set against David Goffin 6-2 before the Belgian retired the match. A match earlier, Murray recovered from a set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-7 (4) 7-6 (3) 6-3.
“It was an unbelievably tough match,” Murray said in his on-court interview after beating Basilashvili. “He is hitting the ball consistently bigger than anyone on the Tour. I was having to do a lot of defending and running but my legs stood up well and at the end I served really well in the last set”.
Murray revealed he figured out he needed to serve bigger against Basilashvili. “I got a lot of free points on my serve,” Murray said. “When we were in the rallies, it was more on his terms, so I tried to serve a little bit bigger and thankfully they went in.
When he was serving, I tried to take time away from him and rush him and I hit some better returns”. Murray is set to play Reilly Opelka in the semifinal.