Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray says he is inspired by Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic's runs at the French Open. Murray, 35, has had two major hip surgeries since 2017 and he has been playing with metal hip for several years now.
Nadal, who turned 36 this week, has been struggling with various injuries throughout his career but the last has been extremely challenging for the Spaniard. Still, Nadal made his 14th French Open final this year. On the other side, Cilic will be 33 in three months and he reached a Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open.
Murray didn't play at the French Open but he is expected to return to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon. “I can take some inspiration from those guys," Murray told BBC Sport. “I don’t know whether it’s Rafa [Nadal’s] last run or not.
Because he seems to be doing physically really well during the event, so I hope he’s able to continue going for a while. Cilic as well, he’s someone I grew up with in the juniors and played with a lot. He has just made the semis of the French for the first ever time at 33 and is playing really well”.
Murray hopes for another strong Grand Slam run
Murray hasn't had any notable Grand Slam runs since 2017. At the French Open in 2017, Murray reached the semifinal before losing to Stan Wawrinka in five sets. Two months later at Wimbledon, Murray made the quarterfinal.
Murray was hampered by a hip issue at 2017 Wimbledon and it visibly affected him during a quarterfinal loss versus Sam Querrey. Even though Murray is clearly past his prime, he still hasn't given up on the idea of making another strong Grand Slam result.
Earlier this year, Murray brought back Ivan Lendl to his coaching staff. With Lendl, Murray won three Grand Slam titles in the past. Murray thinks Wimbledon is his best shot at making another strong Grand Slam run.