Andy Murray is eager to play more matches against the best after losing to Matteo Berrettini

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Source: Skysports

Murray is ‘unlikely’ to play Eastbourne, but he wants to go ‘on the tennis court with elite players’ to rediscover his competitive edge as he recovers from a groyne injury. Andy Murray is eager to play more matches against the best after losing to Matteo Berrettini.

Andy Murray maintains that the manner in which he was defeated by Matteo Berrettini would only make him more motivated to overcome his injury nightmare and compete against the best in the game.

Murray, who defeated Benoit Paire earlier in the week, has been suffering a lingering groyne ailment, the latest in a string of injuries over the previous three years, and there were indications of top-level rustiness against big-hitting Berrettini, who won 6-3 6-3 to set up a quarter-final match with Dan Evans.

Murray, who had hip resurfacing surgery in 2019, is determined not to be simply a number, despite injuries taking their toll, and the 34-year-old feels the emotion he had after losing to the world No. 9 will only help.

“My initial thought and the thing when I walk into the locker room after a match like that is I was telling my team ‘these are the areas I want to improve,'” he said after losing in the second round.

“If I want to win those matches and be more competitive, I’ll need to improve on these things.”

“My tennis (against Berrettini) was not very good; that’s what I’ll need to work on the most, rather than my mobility around the Tennis court.”

“I just did not perform well. You’re not going to get many chances on the grass against the best players, especially when they’re serving like that, so you have to be right on it. Today, I wasn’t.”

Murray was playing only his third ATP tournament of the year and eighth in the previous two years, but he would travel to Wimbledon with only a week of practice after declaring he would not participate at the Eastbourne tournament the following week.

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Also see: Cinch Championships 2021: Norrie beats Draper after Evans loses to Berrettini

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