With various, and numerous, injuries hampering former world No 1 tennis player Andy Murray since 2016, following on from the major surgery he underwent a few years back, the 35-year-old former Wimbledon Champion continues his valiant fightback in the game, but sadly for the Scot his six year wait to lift another trophy on British soil continues following his defeat in the Surbiton Trophy semi finals, reported British Gambler.
Having not won at home since the ATP Finals six years ago, when his injuries then began slowly getting the better of him and holding back his obvious talent on court, there were high hopes that Murray could bring that run to an end as he entered Surbiton as preparation for the short grass season and ultimately Wimbledon, but despite making the decision to skip the French Open, he fell to big serving American Denis Kudla 5-7, 7-6, 6-3.
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It was a tight semi final in reality and after a good start from Murray who clinched the first set, Kudla, ranked 81 in the world, took the second set via a tie-break. The warning signs were there in the third as Murray had to save five break points in the second game of the deciding set, but ultimately Kudla stole the advantage on a blustery day.
He will no doubt see the positives though as he continues his preparations for another SW19 campaign, and he would undoubtedly not turn his nose up at reaching the semi finals in Germany as he now heads to the Stuttgart Open, before then returning to Queen's as a final preparation ahead of the Lawn Tennis Association's Showpiece Wimbledon Championships in a little over a fortnights time.
Speaking about his experience at Surbiton, Murray knew that the blustery weather conditions had got in the way of his normal game but old enough, and wise enough, to admit that his competitor had dealt with those conditions slightly better than he had.
"It’s tough to read too much into how I played. I competed pretty well for the first couple of sets, third set not as well as I would have liked. It was brutal conditions for both of us today, there was not loads of amazing tennis. We were using different skills out there and trying to find ways to put the ball in difficult positions for the opponent. Denis did a better job of that. I played some good matches this week. Today I’m not concerned about how I played. You can’t expect to play your best tennis when it’s like that. Overall it was good to get four matches, I would’ve liked to have won the tournament, but that wasn’t to be. I just want to keep improving week on week and match on match."
As the song goes, what ever will be will be, when it comes to Murray's performances in a couple of weeks at Wimbledon, but given everything he has had to battle through injury wise, simply still competing is an achievement that his fans will gracefully applaud as they get the opportunity to watch him in action again - and who knows, in a Jubilee year, maybe there might be some magic left in London for him to tap into.