Andy Murray legacy

Andy Murray has ‘added to his legacy’ in recent years, says former world number one

Andy Roddick says Andy Murray has not detracted from his legacy by playing on with his hip injury – he has added to it.

Murray is planning on retiring this summer, presumably at Wimbledon, but he is still putting on some sensational matches on the ATP Tour.

The latest of them came in valiant defeat to Tomas Machac in Miami. Murray dominated the first half of the match but ended up losing it despite fighting back from a break down in the deciding set.

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While the outcome wasn’t what he would have wanted, all the other hallmarks of Andy Murray were: the drama, the fight, the rollercoaster, the frustration and the brilliance.

Unless Murray has a big chance of heart, that match was his last in Miami and his last on a hardcourt, and many may see it as a sad end given the heights he scaled in his career.

However, with him playing with a metal hip for a number of years now and still managing to compete, Roddick says Murray’s legacy has only been enhanced in the latter stages of his career.

“Since 2019, with the hip issue, he will tell you he hasn’t been the same, but the guts of him have been the same,” Roddick told the Tennis Channel.

“Even if he used to turn around these matches, and lately he hasn’t been able to, the drama’s still there, the fight is still there.

“In a weird way, I think this kind of compromised version of Murray almost adds to his legacy, the way he’s grinded out the last four, five years.

“I certainly respect it, I don’t know that I could’ve done it. I don’t know if a lot of us could’ve done it, so props to him.

“If it is the last time we see him in Miami, well, hell of a run, pal.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.