Andy Murray: 'That would sadden me'

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by Simone Brugnoli
Andy Murray: 'That would sadden me'

The last time Andy Murray had lost at the Australian Open to Roberto Bautista Agut, there was speculation that the former world No. 1 had made his final appearance at Melbourne Park. Four years later, in this Saturday's match, the Briton lost again to the Spaniard, but showing that his future is bright and contradicting those who in 2019 considered him retired.

Although Murray did show some fatigue against RBA, something reasonable after back-to-back five-set wins, including one in five hours and 45 minutes against Thanasi Kokkinakis that ended after 4 a.m. Friday, the five-time Australian Open finalist appears to be in good physical condition.

More than good considering he's had back and hip surgeries in the past, and he's played in 954 tour-level games. “You never know exactly when the end is going to be,” said Murray, who underwent a second hip surgery after the Australian Open in 2019.

“I would like to go out there and play tennis like this, competing with the best players in the world in events most important and doing me justice”. “Maybe there were times in the last year where I didn't really feel like I was playing well, and I didn't enjoy the way I was playing.

Those sacrifices and that effort that I put in allowed me to get through those games and play at a high level that I think was entertaining for the people who were watching." “I felt good with the way I was playing.

It's more enjoyable for me when I play like this, when I get to a big event and I really believe I can do some damage." Murray, winner of two Wimbledon titles and the US Open, said he still has everything to reach the second week at Grand Slams, something he hasn't done since Wimbledon 2017.

"I can have a career deeper than the third round of a Slam. There's no doubt about that," he said. “Obviously, the boxes can open for you. I also need help with that. If I was playing at this level last year, I probably wouldn't be ranked 50 or 60 in the world.

It's up to me to try to change that."

Murray doesn't give up

Andy Murray did not like the lineup at this Australian Open at all. Beaten in the third round by Roberto Bautista Agut after finishing his match at 4 a.m. in the previous round against Thanasi Kokkinakis, the Briton, during his post-match press conference, notably cited the example of young collectors of bullets to rebel against these night sessions much too late for his taste.

“If my child was a ballboy at a tournament and I saw him coming home at 5 a.m., as a parent, that would sadden me. It is not beneficial for him. It is not beneficial for the referees, the officials. I don't think it's amazing for the fans. This is not good for gamers."

Andy Murray