“My Level Is Around 50 or 60” – Andy Murray Following His Recent Loss to Frances Tiafoe

Published 08/25/2021, 6:58 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his men’s doubles quarterfinal match REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson


In 2005, Andy Murray emerged as a bright prospect to succeed in men’s tennis. With two Grand Slam victories and two Olympic gold medals, Murray was one of the best players by the time 2016 came. However, a string of injuries saw him plummet in the ATP Rankings, and miss out on challenging the best in the world regularly.

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Earlier this week, Murray suffered a second-round exit at the ongoing Winston-Salem Open. Despite his straight sets loss, the Briton admitted he plays like a much higher-ranked player.

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The Briton took part in the Wimbledon Championships earlier this year, marking his first Grand Slam appearance in 2021. Although he notched two victories, he lost to Canadian upstart Denis Shapovalov in the third round.

Looking to build momentum towards the US Open, the World No. 114 took part in the Cincinnati Open. He lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the second round, and took part in the Winston-Salem Open. Despite losing to Frances Tiafoe in the second round 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, Murray looked at the positives from the hard court tournament.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis Training – Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 22, 2021 Andy Murray of Britain during training. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Murray explained why his performances this year are like that of a #50 or #60 ranked player. He said, “What is positive is that I moved well and served well, but my level goes up and down without real consistency. There are times in matches where I play well and then I make mistakes or I miss feedback. I would like not to do that. My level is around 50 or 60 in the world.” (Quotes translated from Google)

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After his loss to Tiafoe, Murray didn’t stick to taking just the positives. He also mentioned why his poor second serve disappoints him, despite not having his movement hindered.

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“It’s frustrating because if I wasn’t moving well and feeling bad physically, I would be a little easier on me,” said Murray. “But when I get a low percentage of points on second serve, it has nothing to do with the physical side of things.”

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With the US Open less than a week away, Murray will look to better his Wimbledon run in Flushing Meadows. However, that could be easier said than done given the stiff competition in the main draw this year.

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