Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer said they never really thought about retiring from tennis during the last tough years they went through. Novak Djokovic instead questioned himself a lot if keep playing or not, and the same did Andy Murray.
In an interview to Sky Sports ahead of the Citi Open in Washington, Murray opened up on the doubts he had during his 11 months away from competition. He also had a hip surgery in January in Melbourne after withdrawing from the Australian Open.
'You do think about ‘what if I can’t come back, what if this is the end?’ and think about what you are going to do with yourself. I have been playing tennis my whole life. This is all I have known, so it will be a big change when I do stop, but I always felt like I would be able to come back.
It is obviously not where I would want to be ranking-wise but the good thing is, when you are up at the top of the game, it is not easy just to move up one spot. If I win a couple of matches here, I could move up 300, 400 spots in a week, which is nice.
Hopefully I can get back up quickly but it sort of feels like I am starting from scratch again. Obviously I have not been in that position since I was 18. It is going to be hard but it should be fun', said Murray. Murray also spoke on working for BBC as a commentator during Wimbledon, and in particular for the quarter-finals match between Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal: 'It was fun to do it and it was the first time in a long time that I’ve watched a match as a spectator.
When I’ve watched it before, it’s been as a player and I was watching for tactics, and kind of thinking what I would do as a player and whereas that was the first time I sat down and watched a full five-set match in ages and I realized as a fan just how long that is, it was a five hour match.
Apart from the people in the stadium and there are loads of people who can sit in the middle of the week and watch five hours is very difficult is one thing I learned from it. I enjoyed it but I don’t think it’s something I would do full time like after I finish playing.
If I had a choice between that and coaching, I would choose to coach if I were honest.' Murray also backed tie-break introduction in the fifth set: 'I think in the biggest events you want the players in the final to be physically able to hopefully play their best tennis and show their best levels.
And so in some situations like what happened at Wimbledon I don’t you’re going to get that when someone plays for six and a half hours. It’s very difficult to recover from that and not feel good so that’s also not good for the game.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer jokes on travel expenses: I need to reach QFs to break even