Andy Murray drops praise on Rafael Nadal amid Spaniard's big 2022 season
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Andy Murray has described Rafael Nadal as one of the best all-surface players in the world. This season, Nadal won the Australian Open and French Open to rise to an all-time record of 22 Grand Slams. After winning a hard and clay Grand Slam in 2022, Nadal reached the Wimbledon semifinal before being forced to pull out of his match versus Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal injury.
"He's clearly one of the best players to ever play. Obviously his achievements this year have been brilliant. The match to turn the Australian Open around this year was, you know, was exceptional. It was obviously unfortunate at Wimbledon.
But yeah, I mean, he's obviously still one of the best players in the world on all of the surfaces, as he showed this year," Murray said.
Murray makes a winning start at Flushing Meadows
Murray, who captured his first Grand Slam title at 2012 US Open, was in action on the opening day of the final Grand Slam of the season.
In the US Open first round, Murray ousted Francisco Cerundolo 7-5 6-3 6-3. After the match, Murray said he was pretty happy that he was able to start the tournament with a straight-set win. "To be honest, I don't know why exactly that's been the case.
I mean, obviously been battling a few things the last few years. But, it's obviously nice any time, especially in those conditions and early on in a slam, to get through in straight sets. I mean, you know, he's a top player, and he's probably only getting better, as well.
It was a good win for me," Murray reflected. Now, Murray has a good chance to reach a Grand Slam third round for the first time this season. In the US Open second round, Murray plays 203rd-ranked Emilio Nava.