Toni Nadal pays tribute to Andy Murray for playing Challenger in Mallorca

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Toni Nadal pays tribute to Andy Murray for playing Challenger in Mallorca

On a column for El Pais Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni spoke about Andy Murray playing the Rafa Nadal Open Challenger last week. Murray lost to the Italian Matteo Viola in a three-set quarter-final match. Toni wrote: "On January 14 earlier this year Roberto Bautista defeated Andy Murray in an epic five-set match that lasted more than four hours.

The hip injury had been bothering the Brit since 2017, and on the court in Melbourne Park he thanked for the support of the fans and announces that it would have been his last match there. Then in a press conference he shared his desire to retire in Wimbledon without being sure he would be fit enough to play.

Like it happens with the great champions, it seems that the adversity could not deal with him. In the end of January Andy went through his second hip surgery, worked hard with his doctors and trainers, and in June he came back in Queen's, winning in doubles with Feliciano Lopez.

I felt admiration and happiness for both of them. Now our village welcomed Andy's commitment to the Rafa Nadal Open. He should be playing the US Open these days, but it's an enormous joy to have him here. According to what he told me, he feels very comfortable with the surgery, he feels pain-free and he needs to play matches and take the rhythm again.

He did not have time to get his level back like in the old times but I am confident we will see him very close to his past level. He fought until the last point. He was a perfect example for the guys who want to be tennis players in the future. A lesson of commitment, perseverance and humility."