Murray hopes to attack the final major of the season with a new technique
New York : Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has revealed he adjusted his game after losing in the second round at Wimbledon to Stefanos Tsitsipas and said he saw positive signs in his health ahead of the season’s final grand slam, the US Open.
Since losing at Wimbledon, the Briton has played just four matches, achieving a record of 3-1. His only defeat came in three sets against top seed Taylor Fritz in Washington, D.C., before he had to withdraw before the third round in Toronto due to a small abdominal tear that also kept him out of Cincinnati.
“I really feel like I need to make a change to some of the picking in my game if I want to win more of those games and dominate more of those games. So I did that, went away and worked on things for a while,” Murray said in the pre-tournament press conference.
The 36-year-old arrived at Flushing Meadows after suffering an abdominal strain that forced him to withdraw mid-tournament in Toronto. But he has a positive outlook going into the US Open, buoyed by a solid week of training. He has had no problems on the field and is building himself up again in match condition.
“The radiologist from home looked at my scans and checked, I had a small tear, he’s recovering, and the last five or six days of training have been really good. I’ve had no problems with my serve. It’s obviously been. A bit. [difficult]”You don’t just take a week off from serving and then go full on it, you need to build up a bit so it’s not perfect in that sense, but my abs were fine,” said Murray.
The Scotsman has played some of his best matches in major tournaments this year. In Melbourne, Murray won two epic five-set matches in his first two matches against 13th seed Matteo Berrettini and Thanasi Kokkinakis. At Wimbledon, he took a two-set lead over fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, before the Greek came back.
Despite his rivalry with metal heck, the 46-time reigning title holder, Murray, is excited to continue playing against the best in the world.
“Maybe some people stop and feel they’ve had enough, whether it’s through the performance or through their body pain, and then maybe after a long time away from the sport, they start missing it again.” He said.
“Maybe some players feel mentally they need a break from the sport and then freshen up and maybe get another chance. Some people (stop because of) the injury.
“I think everyone’s situation is a bit different. For me, I came back to play because I felt I still had more to give, but also because physically, I was able to compete at the highest level. That’s why I’m still playing”. “.
Murray will start his career at the US Open for the 17th time on Tuesday against France’s Corentin Moutet. He is seeking to pass the third round here for the first time since 2016, when he reached the quarter-finals.
His last outing past the third round at any tournament was at Wimbledon in 2017, when he also advanced to the quarter-finals.
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