“You need matches to compete at the highest level” Andy Murray reacts after his 3rd round defeat at Wimbledon 2021

Andy Murray bows out of the Wimbledon 2021 after a straight-set defeat to Denis Shapovalov in the 3rd round, ending a courageous and valiant run at the All-England Club.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Andy Murray‘s run at Wimbledon 2021 came to an end in the round after he lost to Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in 2 hours and 17 minutes.

While many did not expect Murray to stick along for such a long while having played very little tennis and only 1 Grass tournament before coming to Wimbledon, a 2nd round defeat at the Queen’s Club 2021, it was a good run for the former World No. 1 who almost made it to the 2nd week and did show some glimpses of his old true form.

Murray talks about his lack of play time

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Murray was supposed to start his 2021 season at the Australian Open 2021 but he tested positive for Covid-19 and could not participate. He played his first tournament, the Biella Challenger 1 losing in the finals of it. Since then he has been on and off the court, skipping the entire Clay season but did participate in the Doubles of Rome Masters 2021 where he lost in 2nd round.

I need matches. I need a run of them. You need momentum, you need matches to compete at the highest level,” said Murray about his lack of play time on the court. He played only once before Wimbledon at the Queen’s Club losing to Matteo Berrettini in the 2nd round who later went on to lift the trophy.

Andy Murray points out his positives from the week at Wimbledon

Andy Murray
Andy Murray with his 2016 Rio Olympics Singles Gold, his 2nd after winning the Gold at 2012 London Olympics as well

While it certainly was not a run Andy would’ve liked, it did however point out certain things which the Brit noted down in his positive takeaways from the week.

I could’ve put myself in a much better position going into today. From a physical perspective this week, it was positive. I got through the first week of a Slam without getting injured, so that’s positive.” said Murray about the positives he takes from Wimbledon.

Murray had to battle in 4-sets in his opening round against Nikoloz Basilashvili and won a thrilling 5-setter against Oscar Otte to make it into the 3rd round. While he did lose the match, Murray was pleased with his fitness level throughout the week which could help him schedule his upcoming tournaments accordingly.

Murray was confirmed in the tennis team for Great Britain for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020 where he will be playing the Doubles as well as defending his 2012 and 2016 Singles Gold medal, a feat nobody has ever achieved in tennis.

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