Former world No. 1 Andy Murray showed empathy for David Goffin following their Sydney clash. Murray, who received a wildcard into Sydney, won the first 6-2 before Goffin decided to retire their quarterfinal clash. "I think he’s missed the last eight months with injury,” Murray explained following the victory," Murray said, per Tennishead.
“I believe he had surgery on the elbow and then he’s had a problem with his knee for the last three or four months. “Yeah, it sucks. The injuries as you get older, they can get you down a little bit. Hopefully he’s ok."
Murray was happy with his movement
Murray broke Goffin twice to comfortably win the first set. "I think the movement is what I was most pleased with,” Murray explained. “I maybe made a few more errors than I would’ve liked today.
But yeah I thought I moved well which was really positive”. Murray didn't spend much time on the court against Goffin and Viktor Durasovic but he did play an exhausting match against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the round-of-16.
Murray is set to battle Reilly Opelka for a place in the Sydney final. “My first match [against Viktor Durasovic] was very quick, and if you play four or five matches like that, it doesn’t take so much out of you, whereas if you play a number of matches like I did against [Nikoloz] Basilashvili [which went to a gruelling three sets], then it can be counterproductive,” said Murray.
“Obviously with today’s match being a short one and the first one being a short one and tomorrow I play against Opelka, which, you know, physically is not going to be demanding — well, it could be, but the nature of how he plays, you know, you’re going to get a lot of short points, a lot of quick points, I wouldn’t think physically that would take as much out of me either”.