Andy Murray compared to Novak Djokovic by McEnroe
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Andy Murray has admitted he was ‘disappointed’ with his performances at Wimbledon following his defeat to Denis Shapovalov on Friday. The Brit went down 3-6, 2-6, 2-6 in the third round of the competition. And his long-term future within the sport is now up in the air.
Murray had battled past Oscar Otte and Nikoloz Basilashvili prior to Friday’s showdown.
But the Brit was unable to clock up three wins on the trot, with Shapovalov causing through to the fourth round of the competition.
It was a disappointing day for Murray who, in the aftermath, opened up on the positives and negatives of his campaign.
And he expressed a belief that while getting through three matches in five days was a good sign, he never felt he was playing at his best level.
“The positives would be that physically I got through three matches in five days and spent way more time on than court than I have done recently,” he said.
“Physically I handled it relatively well.
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“The atmospheres were amazing and the fans were brilliant. I’d missed that a lot.
“The negatives? My tennis, really. I didn’t play to the level that I would like. Some of that is understandable due to my lack of matches.
“But that’s what I’m disappointed with. I think I could have done better.
“I was 5-1 up in the third set of my first match and didn’t see that through, I was a set and a break up in my second match and let that slip as well. Tennis-wise, there is a lot I need to work on.
“I would love to be back next year. I just need to weigh everything up and see if everything I’m putting into it is worth it.
“I’ve put so much time and effort in to try and get myself physically ready but I’m not getting enough time and momentum on the tennis court to compete.
“These guys are great players, they hit huge balls and my game needs to be spot on if I want to compete. I’ve not had enough opportunities to do that.”
Murray also pondered whether everything he’d put himself through was worth it.
“There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and, you know, ultimately didn’t play how I would want and expect, and it’s like is it worth it?” Murray said.
“Is all of that training and everything that you’re doing in the gym, you know, unless you’re able to like practice and, you know, improve your game and get matches and continue, get, you know, a run of tournaments, like, is it worth all of the work that you’re doing?
“You know, there is part of me that feels like, yes, it is, because I had, you know, great memories and stuff from this event and playing in some brilliant atmosphere.
“But then, also, I finished the match tonight and I’m saying to my team, I’m like, That’s just — yeah, I’m just not happy with how I played.
“So unless me and my team can find a way of keeping me on the court for, you know, a consistent period of time and allow me to practice the way that I need to to compete with these guys, then, yeah, then that’s when, you know, the discussions about what I do next will come in.
“Because I have genuinely put a lot into this to get to this point, but I’m not being able to practice and prepare how I need to to perform how I would like at these events.
“Like I said, I’m not expecting and saying, like, I would beat Denis Shapovalov. He’s a brilliant player. But I feel like I can do a lot better than what I did this evening.”
Murray, given his hip problems, has done well to even get to Wimbledon.
And John McEnroe thinks the Brit may now be done, saying: “Andy Murray’s future really depends on can his body take it?
“He’s got a metal hip, there’s a lot of wear and tear on his body. We really hope he is able to keep going but ultimately, you have to get on the court. He’s the type of guy who needs to play a lot.
“The way the top guys hit it now, you have to have explosion. If you don’t then you’re done.
“Andy has always been more reactive than proactive and that way of playing is really difficult if you feel like you’ve lost something, even a half step or quarter step.
“Andy Murray has four children now. Your priority is being a good husband and a good father – that takes energy! And then you have to train harder and longer than you did in the past.
“But, Roger has four and Novak has a couple, so maybe he could take inspiration from them.
“It’s got to be on his own terms.”
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