Former top-ranked British tennis player Tim Henman thinks that three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is moving in the right direction. Murray, who hoped to play in Australia, tested positive for the coronavirus in late-January and he was unable to travel to Melbourne for the Australian Open.
After recovering from the coronavirus, Murray decided to accept a wildcard into the Biella Challenger, where he made the final last week before losing to Ukrainian Ilya Marchenko in the final. "I think it also speaks volumes about his hunger and desire.
It can't be easy when you've got the Australian Open going on in the background and you're at a lower-level event," Henman said, per Sky Sports. "The more I'm seeing him compete, I think his movement is going in the right direction and so the more he can play matches and his body can recover, then I think the more opportunity he's got of stepping up to the next level."
Henman confident in Murray
In late-2019 -- after returning from his second hip surgery -- Murray beat fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the Antwerp final to win his first title since 2017. Henman suggests that Murray is now moving even better and he absolutely believes he can deliver at the ATP level.
"When I look back to the tournament he won in Antwerp at the end of 2019, his movement is much better now. If he could win that tournament, can he get back to win again on the main tour? I think he can," Henman said.
Playing at Grand Slams and recovering between matches will always he challenging for Murray but he is ready for it. "The slams, best of five sets and the recovery, I don't know the possibilities there, he doesn't know the possibilities, but he wants to give himself that opportunity to challenge himself," Henman said.