Wimbledon | Murray determined to keep going

Former title-holder Andy Murray remains confident he can still take on the big guns as he takes aim at the US Open – and hoping to be seeded at it

I didn’t play well enough on those points. I certainly didn’t serve well enough at the beginning of the match, which I think is understandable. Look, he’s a difficult opponent to play against Andy Murray

.Murray exited Wimbledon after a loss against American 20th seed John Isner meant the two-time champion failed to reach the third round for the first time.

But the former world No.1 and three-time Slam winner remains bullish about making an impact at the top level again after spending five long years battling hip troubles.

He said: “Has my opinion changed (that he can take on the best) based on the match (against Isner)? No. I don’t see why it should change that view, really. Most of the players on the tour would tell you that a match like that was won or lost based on a few points here and there.

“I didn’t play well enough on those points. I certainly didn’t serve well enough at the beginning of the match, which I think is understandable. Look, he’s a difficult opponent to play against.”

Murray, who has worked his way back to world No.52, believes improving his ranking so as to be seeded again at the majors would help his bid to return to the big-time.

The fact he was unseeded at Wimbledon increased his chances of a tough draw like Isner.”I was coming into Wimbledon feeling like I could have a deep run. If you’re playing against top guys right at the beginning of the event, obviously makes it a little bit more challenging. That’s kind of what my goals are between now and the US Open.”

Murray wants to return to London SW19 if his 35-year-old body holds up.

The Scot said: “It depends on how I am physically. If physically I feel good, then we’ll try to keep playing. But it’s extremely difficult with the problems I’ve had with my body in the last few years to make long-term predictions about how I’m going to be even in a few weeks’ time, never mind in a year’s time. If physically I’m in a good place, yeah, I will continue to play. But it’s not easy to keep my body in optimal condition to compete at the highest level.”

Murray was frustrated by having an abdominal strain in the warm-up to this year’s Championships.

He said: “It didn’t help. I was in a really good place physically and my game was in a good spot. The serve and return are the two most important shots in the game and I was not able to serve for essentially ten days off the back of Stuttgart. The positive is that physically I was fine during the matches. It was touch and go, kind of, on the Wednesday or Thursday before the tournament in terms of how I was going to be. But I felt good physically on the court. I just couldn’t quite get the win.”






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