Andy Murray continues his long and difficult path to the tennis elite after overcoming the ordeal of hip injuries. The one who was number 1 in the world has a new opportunity to continue climbing positions in the ranking (right now he is outside the Top-100) after receiving a invitation to the 1,000 Masters of Indian Wells, where he will debut against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and where he will face Carlos Alcaraz if it goes to the second round.
Before losing his wedding ring in one of the cars that took him to train after forgetting his shoes, Murray gave an interview to the ATP in which he analyzed how he expects the tournament to be after a series of irregular results. “The conditions are a little different this year. Not because of the speed of the track or the air, but before the balls were very light and that, together with the air, has made me fight more and my results have not been very consistent. Now the balls are getting heavier and I like that. I want to play slow balls in fast conditions so I can control the ball better. “
Murray is satisfied with his performance in recent tournaments although he regrets not taking advantage of the opportunities he had in the games he has played against the most outstanding rackets on the circuit such as Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov, Hubert Hurkacz, Stefanos Tsitsipas or Casper Ruud. “I had opportunities in those games that I did not know how to take advantage of. The best players take away those opportunities but there are things that I could have done better. The positive is that I have not lost against guys who I should win and in the games that I have lost I do not feel that they have surpassed me or that it is not possible that he can beat those players in the future. “
Finally Andy Murray had words of affection and appreciation for his compatriot Emma Raducanu after winning the US Open and pointed out the firm steps that the young tennis player has taken in her career. “I haven't spent a lot of time with Emma Raducanu on a tennis court, but I wouldn't be surprised if she keeps learning things so fast. The last 18 months before the grass and Wimbledon season he didn't compete much, and that allowed him to make changes to his game and improve. Normally at 17 or 18 you tend to compete a lot. They are on the youth circuit and can sometimes compete in outright tournaments. Perhaps that period of hiatus gave him a chance to troubleshoot technical problems in his game. It seems that he has improved his serve and his forehand a lot. “