Andy Murray believes he’s playing ‘top 60-70 level’ tennis after being knocked out of the Zhuhai Tennis Championships in the…
Ever the competitor however, Murray was disappointed he couldn’t finish off de Minaur in the hot and humid conditions in Zhuhai.
“Physically, I was struggling,” he said. “My level dropped off a little bit and he capitalised on that. My body held up well after two pretty long matches but the rest of my body is just tired.
“I wasn’t able to sustain it for long enough. I played one or two good points, but then I was trying to finish the points a little bit early and shot selection goes down when you’re tired.”
“My movement is much better than it was about six weeks ago, eight weeks ago,” said the three-time major champion. “It’s nice to finish a long match like that [the Sandgren win] and not have pain in my hip and problems sleeping afterwards.
“Yesterday was the first time in my entire career that I didn’t practice the day before a match. I was tired after the first round and tried to sort of rest and recover as much as possible.
“I’m trying to look at just other ways to give my body a bit of a break and a rest when I can. I was hitting the ball very well, but my shot selection [and] mentality could be better. The more matches that I play physically, I’ll get a bit better as well.”