Andy Murray has had to go through a journey full of obstacles from 2017 until today. Just when he seemed close to retiring, the former world number 1 has always found a way to get up and play again. The Scottish champion is now far from the glories of the past, he who has represented for a long time the most valid alternative to the Big 3.
During his exceptional career, 'Muzza' has taken away the satisfaction of winning three Grand Slams and 14 Masters 1000, a respectable booty when compared to that of his peers. In an era cannibalized by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the Scotsman has been able to carve out an important space, without forgetting the two gold medals at the Olympics (London 2012 and Rio 2016) and the triumph in the Davis Cup.
The Dunblane veteran will participate this week in the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, the traditional event in Ohio that precedes the US Open. Murray had only played doubles at the Tokyo Olympics due to a minor injury.
Andy Murray on the Big 3
"It was a great experience competing in Tokyo, I arrived feeling good, I felt good physically and I had managed to do a block of very good training sessions.
It is true that I arrived with some pain in my quadriceps and I was very disappointed when I suffered a tear. muscle in that area. I made an effort competing in doubles, I had a responsibility to Joe (Salisbury, his doubles partner in Tokyo) and we were close to the medals.
Now I feel good again, but it all depends on how my body is. No I am certain that I will be fine in a few months, now I am, but seeing everything that has happened to me lately, you never know," commented a timid Andy Murray.
"I can only focus on short-term goals. I see this week as a great opportunity to once again enjoy a great tournament on hard court. I know I have not done perfect tennis, but when I check the roster of players I have lost against , I meet guys like Shapovalov, Berrettini or Rublev, who are at a higher level right now.
I want to continue training hard with them and give myself the opportunity to play as many games as possible" - Murray added. He also talked about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic: "They have dominated so much for so many years that many can see their absence as the great opportunity to win a tournament of this level.
That one of them does not play already completely changes the landscape, which gives hope to the young people. It gives the feeling that the only thing that will make them lose that usual dominance is physical, they get injured more, but they have not lost their tennis level.
It is a pity, I have shared my entire career with them and I would love for them to recover as soon as possible and they could compete in New York."