‘Nothing Will Replace It’ – Andy Murray Reveals Reason for His Endurance After an Emphatic Victory at ATP Dubai

Published 02/21/2022, 11:04 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 18, 2022 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his first round match against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili REUTERS/James Gourley

Former World and British no.1 Andy Murray continues his resurgence, as he reached the last 16 at the Dubai Tennis Championships. The Brit beat Christopher O’Connell of Australia in a thriller. After going down in the first set, Murray’s comeback win was truly an incredible feat.

After the match, Murray looked exhausted during his on-court interview. In that interview, the Brit talked about his endurance on the court.

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Andy Murray talked about his endurance after winning at the Dubai Open

At 34, Andy Murray is still competing at a high level as he beat Christopher O’Connell in three thrilling sets of tennis. In the round of 32 match at the Dubai Open, Murray lost the first set against O’Connell in a tie-break. Then, the 3-time Grand Slam champion showed his immense fighting spirit to make a comeback and win the match 6-7,6-3,7-5. 

After the match, Murray talked about his endurance level right now and his satisfaction after a win like this.

“Yeah, well, I’ve spoken to a lot of ex-players, you know, a lot of them have said ‘Keep playing as long as you can. Nothing will replace it.’ You know, some, obviously, have, some have regretted maybe stopping a little bit too soon. Yeah, I still feel like I can compete at the highest level. It’s not easy, obviously, physically very challenging for me. But, winning matches like that is obviously very satisfying,” Murray said in the interview. 

Murray’s next opponent

Although Murray won a tough match today, his next challenge will not be an easy one. The 3-time Grand Slam winner will probably face the dangerous Jannik Sinner in the second round. The Italian no.4 seed will play Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain in the round of 32 match at the Dubai Open.

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Despite winning today’s match, Murray’s start has been a mixed bag in 2022. After reaching the final at the Sydney International, Murray didn’t do well in the next few tournaments, including the Australian Open, ATP Rotterdam, and Qatar Open. Winning this tournament will not be an easy task, as players like Novak Djokovic, Denis Shapovalov, Jannik Sinner, and others are also playing. However, with Murray’s credentials, he can beat anybody on his day.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 18, 2022 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his first round match against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili REUTERS/James Gourley

How far will Murray go in the Dubai Open? Let us know in the comments.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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