Former world No. 4 Johanna Konta feels Andy Murray has a good chance of making a deep run at the Melbourne Park. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, received a wildcard for the Australian Open. Murray's hasn't had any notable Grand Slam runs since making the 2017 French Open semifinal.
Murray has had two major hip surgeries since 2017 and he is past his prime. Last week, Murray ended runner-up in Sydney. "Ever since he’s come back from his injury he’s got more consistent, the more he’s playing, the more he’s training.
I actually feel he’s got a good opportunity to go deep and make it to the very last stages, who knows. The fourth round, the quarters, it’s possible," Konta told Eurosport, as quoted on Tennis Up To Date.
Konta acknowledged Murray is a fighter
"The possibility is always there.
It's important to remember there’s a whole field of other players striving for the same thing. It's never going to be a simple equation for him to do but for Andy he’s always giving himself the best chance of doing that.
That’s what he’s striving to do, to be in the latter stages of the Slam, to win a Slam one day. There’s every possibility it depends on how the body holds up on a consistent basis," Konta added. Murray could have easily retired but he refused and instead decided to fight and try to make a successful comeback to tennis.
Konta, who announced her retirement this past December, admires Murray and his efforts. “I think you admire it. It's not a normal trait of every athlete, however it's not unexpected because of how we know Andy, the kind of athlete he is.
He’s resilient, he’s tough. Every time in his career, he’s maximised his abilities and is still looking to do that. Full of admiration for his tenacity," Konta noted.