After Wimbledon, Andy Murray took a break, like some of his colleagues, to better prepare for the US hard-courts season. The first stop for the former world number one is Washington, the ATP 500 tournament in which he reached the final in 2006 as his highest goal.
In an interview with the ATP website, Andy explained, as reported by Tennis World Italy: "Sometimes I am surprised at my performance, because I know how physically difficult it is for me now. My game is still able to match and compete with the best players, yes, I'm surprised.
It's difficult because in the end, at certain events or at certain times of the year, it's easier not to ignore the results, but not to put too much emphasis on them. Obviously when you play in the majors competitions, are the ones where you ultimately want to do well and where you will be judged, and at Wimbledon I had the impression that I didn't play a bad game.
So when I reflect on that tournament, I am disappointed with the result."
Andy Murray shares brave words: "I can compete against the best"
Despite injuries, surgeries and age, Andy Murray still has the feeling that he can compete with all the tennis players on the circuit.
He explained: "There are still signs that from a tennis point of view I can still compete and win against the best players in the world, as the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas proved. Obviously, the game keeps evolving, it keeps improving and you have to as a player.
And I enjoy it. It's one of the things that motivates me, trying to improve, both on the pitch and in the gym. I can make the necessary changes if I want to, and if I'm willing to put in the effort, and I still enjoy it." For his first round, the Briton is waiting to meet his opponent: it will be one between Vukic and Nakashina. The Briton will then focus on Toronto, Cincinnati and New York, for the US Open.