Andy Murray believes he can have a ‘deep run’ at Wimbledon
Andy Murray has spoken about his chances at the Grand Slams in 2023, and has suggested that Wimbledon is his best opportunity for a potential ‘deep run’.
Murray has had a dramatic start to the season, winning three matches from match points down and played his longest ever match at the Australian Open, lasting almost six hours.
The No.52 reached the final of Doha last week, but he still feels the Championships represent his best chances of a making a real splash this year.
“My feeling on Wimbledon is that less players play well on grass,” he said. “More of the guys are comfortable on the hard courts and that probably increases my chances.
“I’m not saying I would expect to win the French Open if I played, but with Wimbledon there is certainly a better opportunity to have a deep run.”
“But I also really like the way that I’ve trained in practice these last four months and I’ve not been doing that with Wimbledon in mind. I’m trying to just focus on each day and trying to get the most out of it.
“If I do that and accumulate enough of those days, then I believe that come Wimbledon my game will be in a really, really good place.”
Murray had a much better performance in the Middle East this year, compared to 2022 where he described his 6-0 6-1 defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut as one of the ‘worst’ matches of his career.
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“I just know that where my game today, in comparison to where it was last year, is night and day,” he said.
“In Doha last year I played one of the worst matches of my career physically. I felt s***, I played terrible and I had no real clarity around what I was doing. I had issues with my back and I felt terrible.
“Yes, I have some niggles and my body doesn’t feel amazing, but it’s coped really well with the first few tournaments of the year that have been really demanding.
“My belief is that my body would be fine to play seven five-set matches if needs be. Granted, if they are six-hour ones, probably not, but regular five-set matches, I’d be able to cope with that.”
Six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker also believes that Murray could achieve something at Wimbledon.
“It is incredible how he managed to come back like this, and I want to look ahead a little bit,” Becker said. “If he keeps on playing like this and winning matches, I’m looking forward to Wimbledon.
“I think he might be on a good level there – on his favourite surface, which is grass.”
The two-time champion has not gone past the third round of Wimbledon, or any other major, since 2017 and will be hoping that his form at the start of this year is a sign of things to come.
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