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Report Angoose June 30, 2021 11:37 PM BST
The finest athlete the British Isles has ever produced.
Report scandanavian_haven June 30, 2021 11:39 PM BST
this Shapololololov guy will move him around a lot and be tricky as a lefty, will his body hold up ?
Report Angoose June 30, 2021 11:50 PM BST
You can only go to the well so many times. Sad
Report Platini July 2, 2021 5:30 PM BST
A great effort to get to 3rd round, all things considered.

Shapo will be too fit and sharp for him today tho, surely.
Report Wesdag July 2, 2021 6:46 PM BST
They'll close the roof to give him time to regroup.
Report england_v_south_afri July 2, 2021 6:59 PM BST
At the prices i'll give Murray ago. Go Andy !!! Grin
Report Wesdag July 2, 2021 8:25 PM BST
Time to close the roof imo.
Report differentdrum July 2, 2021 9:22 PM BST
Why carry on? He hasn't got the ability to even compete with the top guys. Obviously, it's up to him but when you were number one what's point in going out playing out your career like a 200 ranked player? Tonight he is just being smashed off court.
Report snowynoon July 2, 2021 10:22 PM BST
think even he must realise its over ,a swansong surely ,and with what he has acheived he deserves one last shot in the limelight .
Report Angoose July 3, 2021 9:06 AM BST
His body simply doesn't allow him to put in the work that is required if he is to deliver the level of performances necessary to be competitive at the top table.

I suspect that if he feels that his body is never going to allow him to put in the necessary work, then he'll jack it in.
Report Angoose July 3, 2021 9:25 AM BST
Andy Murray says he needs to weigh up "if all the hard work is worth it" after an encouraging run at Wimbledon was ended by Canada's Denis Shapovalov.

The 34-year-old Briton, playing only his second tournament in three months after a groin injury, said it was "positive" to get through unscathed.

"The negative is I feel like I can do better tennis-wise, play better and close matches out," he said.

"I need time on the match court and the practice court. I've had neither."

After losing in straight sets to 10th seed Shapovalov in the third round, Murray said he was disappointed to not reach a higher level.

"There is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and ultimately didn't play how I would want and expect, and it's like is it worth it?" he said.

"Unless me and my team can find a way of keeping me on the court for a consistent period of time and allow me to practice the way that I need to to compete with these guys, then the discussions about what I do next will come in.

"I'm not expecting and saying I would beat Denis. He's a brilliant player. But I feel like I can do a lot better than I did this evening.

"I'm hoping that providing I can stay on the court consistently for two, three, four months, my tennis will get back to a high level."

"I feel like I've been trying a lot the last couple of years since I had the operation and I've never been able to get that much momentum going," said the Scot.

"To be able to compete with guys of Denis's level my game has to be spot on."

In his opening two matches, Murray beat Georgian 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili after surviving a wobble and fought back to beat German qualifier Oscar Otte in a dramatic five-setter.

"This week has been really good in some ways, but frustrating too," added the 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon champion.

"I played two long matches and it's really significantly longer than anything I had played in the past six months.

"I feel like I put a lot of work into this and to lose against him is tough. If I am going to put that much effort in I want to be performing much better.

"I got through a week of a Slam without getting injured so that's positive. There were moments of really good tennis mixed in with some really bad moments."

Mmmm, the thought is not only in his head, it's now being publicly expressed.
Report Angoose July 3, 2021 9:27 AM BST
Analysis
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller


Murray is entitled to consider The Championships a success, given the groin injury which hampered his preparations.

But that was not the way he saw it in the immediate aftermath of defeat as he questioned how much of an appetite he will have for the sport if injury continues to deny him the time on court he needs.

This was a notable change of tone from a man who has spoken of his desire to play for some time yet, even if the logic is inescapable.

Murray's groin problem is a persistent one. He remains in discomfort four months on, has had to limit his practice sessions and only been able to complete two tournaments in that time.

Wimbledon provided a tantalising glimpse of just how competitive Murray could still be, miraculously, after double hip surgery.

But for that to become a reality, he will need a few months without further interruptions. And that is not something his body has allowed him since the end of 2016.
Report differentdrum July 3, 2021 11:36 AM BST
Where was the indication that he could ever be competitive against a top player? Rose tinted stuff from people unable to give an honest summary. You can't do any more than reach the top, but you don't want that to become a distant memory clouded by relative mediocrity.
Report Wesdag July 3, 2021 12:57 PM BST
Murray is finished.

He's deluding himself if he thinks he can get anywhere near the top 20 again.
Report scandanavian_haven July 3, 2021 1:06 PM BST
what it is, is, his surgeon told him he was finished, he felt he told him in such an assured smug way, that he wants to prove him wrong, his fitness is no where near where it should be because of a lack of high level matches, it looks like he's finished but I'd like to see how he fares over the next few months physically, no chance he can defend his Olympic title though, even though he's going to Tokyo.
Report DanielKoellerer July 5, 2021 10:37 AM BST
I don't see the point of all of this. Didn't he retire in Aussie Open 2019 with a cringe post-match defeat montage? This is a nightmare that never lets up.

He says he is doing it because he still loves the sport? Then retire. Retire still loving the sport, as opposed to it beating you down to a place where you do not love it anymore. Or continue to 40 as I'm sure you'll still love competing then - albeit on wildcards and in futures qualifying events.

Dignity.
Report differentdrum July 5, 2021 12:28 PM BST
I doubt many people do, but as I hinted at above they are frightened to be honest.
Report SontaranStratagem July 5, 2021 5:50 PM BST
He looked out of shape or at least nowhere near the physique he had when a top 4 player winning titles

His body is fooked he just wont admit it to himself yet, it gave everything it had and he won a few slams he should be proud of that and just give it up
Report Platini July 5, 2021 6:10 PM BST
the pasting from Shapo looks quite different now, tho.

I don't rate Shapo that highly but its clear as day that he's a very different player on grass - about a stone better, to borrow a horseracing phrase.
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