Andy Murray inspired by ‘optimistic indicators’ regardless of second spherical exit in Rotterdam
Andy Murray, 33, now ranked 123rd after a sequence of hip and groin accidents, misplaced 7-5, 6-2 to in-form Russian Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam
Rotterdam: Andy Murray stated he would draw on “good, optimistic indicators” regardless of struggling a second-round defeat in Rotterdam this week as the previous world primary continues his bid to get again to the highest of tennis.
The 33-year-old, now ranked 123rd after a sequence of hip and groin accidents, misplaced 7-5, 6-2 to in-form Russian Andrey Rublev on Wednesday.
It was all the time going to be a tricky ask towards the world quantity eight, with Murray having misplaced within the first spherical of his first ATP occasion since October in Montpellier final week.
“I need to be taking part in at this stage as a result of I be taught quite a bit from a match like tonight,” Murray informed ATPTour.com.
“The problems and the errors that you just make get amplified extra at this stage…
“I do really feel tonight there have been some good, optimistic indicators there. Simply when it mattered, I wasn’t adequate. I might want to enhance.”
A high-quality opening set towards Rublev, who has performed within the final eight of Grand Slam tournaments 4 occasions since Murray’s final main quarter-final in 2017, was a far cry from the second-tier Challenger event in Italy the place the Briton kicked off his 2021 season.
The three-time Grand Slam champion missed the Australian Open after testing optimistic for coronavirus .
Roger Federer can be set to make his comeback from a prolonged spell on the sidelines subsequent week in Doha, and Murray backed his previous rival to seek out his rhythm shortly.
“I simply need to get out and compete and simply get pleasure from doing what I’m doing. I think about Roger could be the identical,” added Murray.
“I’m positive he has been coaching arduous and is happy to get again on the market and compete.
“I’m positive in time, offering that his physique is sweet, that he’ll play top-level tennis once more as a result of he’s that good. Even when there’s a slight drop-off bodily for him, I’d again his talent towards most gamers.
“I’m positive he can be nice.”
Federer has not performed since dropping to Novak Djokovic within the semi-finals of final 12 months’s Australian Open.
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