Fitter Murray hopes consistency will bring seeding reward


Aug 15, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) tosses the ball to serve throughout his match in opposition to Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) on the Western & Southern on the on the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

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Aug 16 (Reuters) – Andy Murray stated his physique is feeling one of the best it has “in a really long time” however that he nonetheless must take his recreation up a stage if he desires to compete within the latter levels of tournaments regularly.

Murray, who has battled by numerous accidents in recent times, reached the second spherical of the Cincinnati Open on Monday with a 7-6(3) 5-7 7-5 win over Stan Wawrinka. learn extra

It was the Scot’s thirty seventh match on the ATP Tour this yr, essentially the most he has managed to get below his belt since 2016.

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“In terms of how I pulled up after matches and stuff has been the best I have felt in a really long time,” Murray advised reporters.

“So that is good. I would really like my tennis to be higher at occasions, as a result of I’m nonetheless satisfied that it may be higher than the place it’s proper now.

“It’s not been straightforward these previous few years to remain match and wholesome and play sufficient tennis … That’s a optimistic factor that I bought to play numerous matches or extra matches this yr.”

While Murray reached the finals of tournaments in Stuttgart and Sydney this year, he lost his opening matches at the Canadian Masters and Citi Open and bowed out in the second round of Wimbledon.

The 35-year-old stated the early exits made it troublesome for him to take a break and recharge.

“Me and my staff are hoping I can get to that stage once more the place I’m constantly attending to the latter levels of occasions. We will be capable to plan and schedule my tournaments higher,” Murray stated.

“Right now I’m having to play and compete to attempt to keep rating and to hopefully get seeded within the occasions and get into extra tournaments, not should depend on wildcards. So, yeah, it is a troublesome steadiness.”

Next up for two-times Cincinnati winner Murray is an all-British battle with ninth seed Cameron Norrie.

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Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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