"I'll do the best that I can these last few months": Andy Murray forsees imminent end to career, but vows to fight on

Monday, 26 February 2024 at 20:30
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Andy Murray achieved his second victory in 2024 against Denis Shapovalov with a score of 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and acknowledged that his career is coming to an end.
The British tennis player also reached his 500th triumph on hardcourts, making him the fifth player to achieve this milestone, following Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andre Agassi.
The former world No. 1 was proud of his accomplishment, especially considering that at 36 years old, the end of his career is looming: 'There's not many players that have done that. It's great to get to 500 before I'm done,' the 3-time Grand Slam champion stated.
'It's not bad. Hard courts have been a great surface for me over the years. Five hundred, it's a lot of matches. I'm very proud of that,' Murray said.
The British tennis player also acknowledged that it is sometimes difficult to deal with people's criticisms: 'People read a lot into what I say on the court sometimes, and it's not always rational,' Murray added.
Nevertheless, Andy Murray commented that his love for tennis and professional competition has not changed, despite his age. The British player started his professional career in 2005 and has won 46 titles, including 14 Masters 1000, two gold medals in the Olympics, and an ATP Finals title.
Moreover, he is recognized as the greatest rival of the Big-3, as he is the only one who interrupted the dominance of Federer – Nadal - Djokovic at the top of the rankings between 2004 and 2022: 'I still love competing, I still love the game. It gets harder and harder the older you get to compete with the young guys. You've got to keep your body fit and fresh,' he said.
“It's not easy, I probably don't have too long left but I'll do the best that I can these last few months," Murray concluded.

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