Andy Murray Insists He Can Still Compete With the Best Players

Published 03/01/2021, 10:20 PM EST
Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Mens Singles Final against John Isner of the United States on day seven of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)


Andy Murray started his 2021 season on a sour note, as he could not participate in the Australian Open 2021. However, he is slowly trying to turn things around.

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Previously, because he tested positive for the coronavirus, the former World No. 1 could not board his plane to Australia. Once he had recovered from the virus, he to Italy to play at the Challenger Biella event.

Although he finished as the runner-up at the event, it was a boost for his confidence. But in his next tournament at Montpellier, the British professional lost the first-round match.

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Now, he is in the Netherlands competing for the Rotterdam Open 2021 title. After being one set down, Andy won the opening match against home-favorite Robin Haase.

Concerning the ups and downs of his career, the 33-year-old opened up on what keeps him going.

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Murray believes he can compete with the best players

Andy Murray, a member of the Big Four, carries unparalleled potential even today. His competitive spirit and his eagerness to get ahead are growing at an alarming rate.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks with Andy Murray of Great Britain before their practise match ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 10, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Undisputedly, the tennis world wants to see the three-time Grand Slam winner as a top player again. But injuries and setbacks have taken a toll on his overall growth.

However, he is motivated and confident enough to compete in big tournaments and get positive results. Moreover, the two-time Olympic Gold winner believes he still has it in him to keep competing.

“I still believe I can compete with the best players, that’s why I am still doing it,” Murray said. “If I didn’t feel that way, I probably would not be motivated to do all the training and traveling. So once I don’t believe that’s the case anymore, then I won’t keep playing. But I still think I can.”

Further ahead, Murray will face the winner of the qualifier between Marcos Giron and World No. 8 Andrey Rublev.

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What can Andy Murray achieve in 2021?

Without a doubt, Murray will look forward to competing in as many tournaments as he can in 2021. It might help him leap ahead from his current rank of World No. 123.

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PARIS, FRANCE: Andy Murray of Great Britain smiles on the court following his walkover in the Men’s Singles semi-final match against Milos Raonic of Canada on day six of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

In addition to that, the British professional has only won two titles since his breakthrough year in 2016, so winning tournaments will be a big goal for him this year.

Lastly, he will also want to keep himself fit and play for the entire season. Hopefully, fans will get to see the old Andy come out on the court this year.

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