Andy Murray conceded he became distracted by Novak Djokovic's fitness problems during his Australian Open final defeat by the Serb. World number one Djokovic won as Murray was beaten in his fourth Melbourne final. Djokovic, 27, had issues with his thumb and ankle in the opening two sets, then appeared to struggle with another leg injury as Murray led in the third.
The news, which was announced by the Scot on his Facebook page, comes seven months after his tearful revelation in Australia that his career could be over and just over six months on from his second hip operation. Playing in Cincinnati could well be a precursor to Murray making his grand slam singles return at the US Open starting on 26 August, although the year-old may be wary of competing over best-of-five sets so soon. Simply by playing in Cincinnati Murray will be treading new ground by becoming the first player to return to the singles game following a hip resurfacing operation.
After defeating Grigor Dimitrov on Monday night to reach the quarterfinals, Murray discussed learning their daughter was arriving and the unexpected sturdiness of babies. What was your reaction when you and Kim found out you were going to become parents? We were both just crying — laughing, but crying.
After a gruelling battle on the tennis court, which saw a whole lot of sweat and swearing, Andy Murray claimed victory against Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the Valencia Open final overnight. In a battle of tennis superstars, World No. Greatest handshake ever!!
News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Andy Murray showed that his hip injury has not dulled his fighting qualities as he battled for four remarkable hours before falling to a five-set loss against Roberto Bautista Agut in what could be his last professional match at the Australian Open. Murray tearfully announced on Friday that he is planning to retire this yearand maybe as soon as after this tournament, the year-old threatened a miracle but was ultimately beaten 5 4 by the Spanish 22nd seed.
Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in the US Open finalbecoming the first British player sinceand the first British man sinceto win a Grand Slam singles tournament. Murray is also the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Fred Perry in winning the tournament in and Murray is the men's singles and Olympic gold medallistmaking him the only tennis player, male or female, to have won two Olympic singles titles.
So mention Andy Murray to him and the New Yorker's combative eyes gleam and shift: "It's time for him to step it up. McEnroe, seven times a grand slam champion, three of the titles coming at Wimbledon, does not waste time making pro-British, mealy-mouthed comparisons between Murray and Serbia's world No3 Novak Djokovic, one week younger than the year-old Scot but already the winner of a major. I'd like to know more about exactly what Andy is doing.
Last year it was wrist-watch, this year it will be thumb-watch. Twelve months after Andy Murray kept his supporters in suspense as a wrist injury eventually ruled him out of Wimbledon, the year-old Scot will go into his final week of preparations for this year's championships nursing a sprained thumb. Having hurt his right hand against Ernests Gulbis in the Artois Championships here on Thursday, Murray pulled out of his quarter-final against Andy Roddick yesterday after testing the injury in practice.
What goes around comes around. Murray, who had been scheduled to face defending champion Andy Roddick in the second of today's quarter-finals, has chosen to forgo what would have been a first appearance in the last eight at Queen's Club in order to ensure his fitness for Wimbledon in ten days' time. It was painful and I couldn't hit my shots properly, so it's a sensible decision to make.
The Scot injured his right thumb at the Artois championships at Queen's Club last week and had not lifted a racket since last Friday, pulling out of his scheduled quarter-final with Andy Roddick. But yesterday he declared himself fit which was a huge relief seeing as he could barely move the injured digit four days ago. Murray said: "The thumb is okay. I am hoping to get back to practice.