Andy Murray already considers himself lucky to have resumed his professional career after almost announcing his retirement from the 2019 Australian Open. The former world number 1 surprised the whole world late last year by taking the title in Antwerp, but a A new injury forced him into the pits for much of 2020.
The three-time Grand Slam champion returned to Cincinnati and then played in the US Open, exiting the scene in the second round against Felix Auger-Aliassime without scrapping a single set. Despite the difficulties he has had to deal with in recent seasons, the Briton believes he can still reach the level of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
“Andy Murray is a very special player,” Eurosport tennis expert Alex Correja said. “It will be difficult for him to recover from high wear and tear during matches and he always plays at the top of his level when competing.
Because of his current situation, I think it’s difficult for him to play seven matches back-to-back in a best of five sets in a Grand Slam knowing the level his opponents may be. I think he will recover a great level, but it will be difficult for him to win a Grand Slam again”.
He also talked about the US Open: “For the circuit it is a stick that Rafael Nadal is not,” he commented on the absence of Nadal. “That neither Nadal nor Roger Federer are there (This one due to injury) is a demonstration that when the circuit does not have them, they will miss them a lot.
Rafa has thought about where he has the best chance of winning a Grand Slam in the coming weeks, if at the US Open, after not competing on the fast track for so long, or preparing well on gravel to compete at Roland Garros in the best possible way.
It is normal “, said Corretja,” that he has opted for this to avoid changing surfaces. » Alex Corretja is part of the Eurosport team of experts, which broadcasts the United States Open live and exclusively, with more than 300 hours of live tennis and the signal of all the courts available.
Also as a commentator of the tournament, he will regret Nadal’s absence: “When Rafa plays, the expectation that is generated is enormous. We notice it a lot on social networks, with hundreds of questions, even at dawn. Rafa is in another dimension, he is not just a tennis player, he is an emblem. »
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