Tennis News: Andy Murray intends to be ‘clinical and brutal’ ahead of the Vienna Open

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Source: Skysports

Tennis News: Andy Murray is happy to be able to compete with the best players in the world again, but he wants to be more “clinical and brutal” when the opportunity arises.

After losses to Hubert Hurkacz, Casper Ruud, and Alexander Zverev since the US Open, the former world No. 1 has arrived in Vienna in excellent spirits.

Murray defeated Frances Tiafoe in the longest three-set match of the year last week at the European Open in Antwerp before falling in the second round to eventual finalist Diego Schwartzman.

Despite some close losses, Murray says he is pleased by his recent efforts.

“It’s gotten better. “I played good from the grass season to the US Open,” Murray added, who will begin his campaign against Hurkacz, a player who beat him in Cincinnati and Metz this season.

“At the US Open, I played better tennis.” Since then, it has gotten steadily better each week. It hasn’t been ideal, but I’ve had chances and opportunities in the majority of the matches I’ve played, which wasn’t the case throughout the grass season or in some of the matches I played before the US Open.

“I’ve had some good wins and some close matches against some excellent players.”

Murray, who has advanced 16 ranks to 156 in the latest rankings, has been steadily regaining ground following undergoing hip surgery in 2019.

“It’s incredible that I’ve even been able to get back and play,” Murray remarked.

“Some would say, ‘Oh, he’s not winning enough against elite players, or he should be performing better,’ based on the outcomes I’ve had. But, given my body’s condition and what I’ve been through, I shouldn’t be doing any better than I am.

“With a metal hip, I don’t think there are many players who could compete with the top five.

“I’m proud of myself for placing myself in a situation where I could compete with those men. But, in the end, if I want to get back to where I was before, I need to be winning those matches.”

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