"I believe he is playing to try and break records and win majors" - Murray on how his motivation differs from Nadal's
Andy Murray has been through several surgeries in order to prolong his tennis career, but the former World No.1 claims that the driving force behind his desire to keep player differs from that of Rafael Nadal.
Nadal is coming off a Roland Garros title run, where the Spaniard won a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title. The Mallorcan has also dealt with injuries in the past, and competed in Paris while dealing with a lingering foot issue.
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Although there may be some similarities in both men as they attempt to prolong their respective tennis careers, Murray believes his motivation is quite different from the Spaniard.
"My motivation comes from enjoying the sport, loving the sport. My situation is a bit different to his, with the operation that I had," revealed the British star. "I believe he is playing to try and break records and win the major events. Absolutely, you have to love it and be willing to play through some pain as you become an older athlete, but I think it is easier to play through the pain when you are competing for major titles.
"I feel like our situations are different, but ultimately the reasons I am still playing are because I love the game, and because I still think I can compete right at the highest level."
Murray's road to recovery has been full of ups and downs, although the three-time Grand Slam champion did reach the final of the Sydney Classic in January. Furthermore, he defeated former World No.3 Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov at this year's Madrid Open. The Scotsman is currently competing at the Stuttgart Open, where he is scheduled to face Alexander Bublik for a spot in the quarterfinals.