“It’s been more than 20 years…”: Wawrinka highlights Andy Murray's legacy ahead of potential last Wimbledon

Monday, 01 July 2024 at 21:30
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Stan Wawrinka highlighted Andy Murray's legacy as the Brit might play his last main draw at Wimbledon. The Swiss former world No. 3 has been one of Murray's great rivals for almost 20 years, with their first encounter in 2005, and Murray leading the head-to-head by 13-10.
Today, their fortunes are different. The 39-year-old Swiss debuted successfully this Monday at SW19, after defeating local wildcard Charles Broom in straight sets. On the other hand, Murray's participation is still in doubt, as he is scheduled to debut this Tuesday, but given his physical problems, he mentioned that he would make a final test on court this Monday before deciding whether to play in the tournament.
In the press conference following Wawrinka's victory, one of the topics the Swiss was asked about was the legacy that Andy Murray will leave, while he spoke of his good relationship with him after a decades-long rivalry and his memories with the two-time Wimbledon champion: "It’s been more than 20 years. Of course, there are many," Wawrinka said.
“The first time with the roof closed here was something special to play here against him at home. He’s been an amazing champion. He pushed everybody. He won everything in the sport that you can win. He’s been #1. He’s been an example for many players. He’s a great guy,”
“We’re good friends. As I’ve said, it’s been more than 20 years. We spent so much time together on court, during practice… just tons of time together. We always had a good relationship,” Wawrinka added.
It is expected that Andy Murray's match against Tomas Machac will be played on Center Court if the Scotsman is physically fit to take to the court. The former world No. 1 underwent minor back surgery and hopes for a miraculous return after just 10 days.

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