"You have to be in it, to win it," is the slogan for people playing sweepstakes and lottery games. This is also meaningful for Andy Murray as he consistently participates in tournaments despite the result. Thebrit is now in the Sydney International warm-up before playing the Australian Open.
He has made it into the quarterfinal to play against Belgium's David Goffin no. 45. Murray is now ranked no. 135 and is certainly glad to be in the quarterfinals proving to himself and others that he still has skill left. But it might be the consistency that needs working on and he is surely getting tested.
The 3-set match win against Nikoloz Basilashvili had brought the Brit to reality as he commented that "It was an unbelievably tough match...I was having to do a lot of defending, a lot of running. My legs stood up well..."
he frankly explained. But doing it match after match and tournament after tournament is another thing. The turbulent year has shown everyone what spirit and skills they may or may not possess. The start of the year, in February, was the last final Andy Murray reached and that was a Challenger in Bierra, Italy.
It was two months ago he was in the Stockholm Open quarterfinal with Tommy Paul and in September the quarters at the Moselle Open. The last slam the U.S. Open the Brit did play, he fell to his opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas in a 5-set battle.
There was controversy on Murray's side as he accused the Greek of taking too long bathroom breaks to destroy his momentum and possibly chances at doing better in the match. At Wimbledon, Murray bowed in the third round of a tense 3-setter to Denis Shapovalov, creating uneasiness among the crowd.
Many tournaments the Brit would make he went only to the opening rounds and other times second rounds before falling to his opponent. The determination for Andy Murray is there since he isn't having pain or unbareable discomfort in playing.
Many would feel not determination but discouragement on not being able to go further than the second round of most events -- but not Murray. He'll take it as it comes and id just that with getting a wild card to participate in the Australian Open.
Andy Murray isn't terribly predictable as to the strength and skill of his game and everyone just has to look at the last match and judge on that. This may be what keeps the tennis community anxious to attend his matches but if consistency falls quite a bit more, Murray will have to wonder what event next he will be able to enter: wild card or not.