‘One of the Worst Practice Players on Tour’ – Andy Murray’s Honest Admission Ahead of Novak Djokovic Clash at Madrid Open 2022

Published 05/04/2022, 8:05 AM EDT
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

Andy Murray is gearing up for the face-off against Novak Djokovic for the Madrid Open in the round of 16. The British player has had a rough start to the year. He even announced that he will not be playing in the clay-court season. However, he has now reversed his decision. He has been performing well on the clay court and talked about his practice sessions with top players ahead of his matches on the court.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 13, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray in action during his second round doubles match with Liam Broady against Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Romania’s Horia Tecau REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Andy Murray on clay

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The British player rose to prominence when he brought the Wimbledon title home after a huge gap of 77 years in 2013. He won it again in 2016. But with time, he suffered various injuries and his performance stalled. The player was on the verge of retiring and was close to giving up professional tennis.

However, the resilience of the British player is visible this year. He would face Novak Djokovic in the round of 16. He has also practiced with top players on the court. When asked about his experience, he said, “It’s great for me to get to practice with them, like I practiced with de Minaur yesterday. I played sets with Shapovalov, Dan Evans, played a set with Jack Draper”.

Practice matches are not Murray’s forte

Murray shared that in 2016, when he was at his career’s peak, he might have won 2-3 practice matches. He added, ” I’m probably one of the worst practice players on tour (smiling). I have never played well in them. I don’t win many of them. You know, I try my hardest, you know, but it’s just not quite the same. I play much better in matches.”

Andy Murray accorded his reasoning to the fact, “For me, it’s really important to be on the court with them so they can push you physically in a way that players that are ranked lower cannot and also will test your game in ways that other players can’t.” He expressed his desire to play practice matches by saying, “Just being around the top players to test my movement, test my shots and my game and see where it’s at.”

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his second round match against Germany’s Oscar Otte REUTERS/Toby Melville

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on facing each other

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have faced each other 36 times and the players would now face each other after a long time. The H2H of the two players has a ratio of 25-11 in favor of Novak Djokovic. Andy Murray defeated Denis Shapovalov and Dominic Thiem to face Novak Djokovic, while the Serbian player defeated Gael Monfils. Novak has finally got back on court after getting banned by various countries due to the vaccine regulations.

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

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