Former world No. 1 Andy Murray admitted he wasn't impressive in clutch moments against Alexander Zverev but he was happy that he found a way to win 6-3 3-6 7-5 their Cincinnati Masters second round clash. At 5-4 in the third set and serving for the match, world No.
7 Zverev double-faulted three times and Murray ended up stealing the win. "I don't think either of us played particularly well when we were close to the finishing line, but (that was) maybe to be expected since we haven't played any matches for such a long period," Murray said, per the London Evening Standard.
Murray claims he never lacks belief in himself
Murray's body language didn't appear to be good toward the end of the third set but he managed to pull through and beat Zverev. "He didn't serve so well at the end, which obviously helped me but I fought hard and it is a good effort to win that after not playing for a while."
"Sometimes I think outwardly if you looked at me, if you’re watching me on the court and you’re watching from the stands, you might think that I get really down on myself and that I’m very negative,” Murray claimed, as quoted on Tennishead.
“Outwardly I definitely am. But I think inside me I have a very, very strong self-belief and know that I can win matches like that. “Although it doesn’t always appear that way when you’re watching me on the court, I always believe, even when outwardly it seems like I might be flagging or being negative”.
Murray, who is playing for the first time since November 2019, was impressed with his movement. "I was moving pretty well at the end of the match. Definitely had some lulls in there, like drop-offs in intensity, a bit of energy at times.
“It was ridiculously hot at the beginning of the match, unbelievably hot and humid. “I think I would have gotten through a five-setter [even if] it would have been tough, for sure”. Murray's next opponent will be Mills Raonic, who he beat in the 2016 Wimbledon final.
"I have played him a lot. Huge serve," Murray said. "I saw a bit of his match today against Dan Evans. He is serving well, playing aggressive, which is when he plays his best." "We have played each other in some big matches.
We played at the US Open, Cincinnati, Wimbledon final, the Australian Open. He has had his injury struggles as well, so it is nice to see him back."