Slumped Andy Murray tells himself he can win Wimbledon: “They probably think I’m crazy”

Weggezakte Andy Murray maakt zichzelf wijs dat hij Wimbledon kan winnen: “Ze denken waarschijnlijk dat ik knettergek ben”

Andy Murray dropped out of the tennis top due to two major hip surgeries. His return to the track is, as expected, not smooth sailing. But the Brit continues to believe in his resurrection.

The 33-year-old Murray recently received a wild card for the ATP tournament in Miami, where he wants to compete with the world top. It will be his third tournament in 2021 after Biella (final), Montpellier (first round) and Rotterdam (second round).

“I expect to play better in Miami than in my previous tournaments,” said the Scot at Prime Video. “Certainly with more consistency. I showed good things against Robin Haase (first round in Rotterdam, ed.) And in the first set against Andrey Rublev (second round in Rotterdam, ed.), But I have to be able to maintain that for one and a half to two hours instead of 20 to 30 minutes. Hopefully that will succeed with more match rhythm and against the best players in the world. That’s why Rotterdam was so useful. I could also train there with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric. ”

Murray wants to hit a ball in Miami with as many top players as possible. “It’s just different, a better level. The speed of the balls and such ”, it sounds to the Scot. “I know that I can still compete at the very highest level. Before the Australian Open, we were still talking about the fact that I thought I could have gone far there. I began to believe in it, to imagine it visually. I couldn’t do that last year. So I expect to do well in every tournament. Winning in Miami is a bit ambitious. But it feels like I can keep up with the top of the tennis world. ”

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With that same attitude, Murray, currently number 118 in the world ranking and three-time grand slam winner, hopes to be able to participate in ‘his’ Wimbledon.

“I want to be there, on the fields of Wimbledon, and feel like I have a chance to win the tournament. I am aware that this will be extremely difficult, but I sincerely believe it is possible. I will need months of training for it. And the necessary competitions and a full fitness, but I feel that it is possible. There will undoubtedly be people who think that I am crazy and that my best days are behind me, which is perfectly possible. But I still have the feeling that I can compete with the best tennis players in the big tournaments. ”


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