Wimbledon 2022: Andy Murray warns that he is still a force to be reckoned with

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To gauge Andy Murray’s form at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios, the last player to face him on the tour, could not have been more brilliant.

Kyrgios, in his full form on the grass, lost to Murray 7-6, 6-2 at the Stuttgart Open, before the British body collapsed in his next match against Matteo Berrettini.

And Murray is the only player out of the top 20 to have beaten Australia this year.

Speaking at Wimbledon, Kyrgios said: “I think he is still one of the most dangerous players on the grass. I definitely think that the way he can handle the speed, the return, the competition, the slice, as long as his body is feeling well, I don’t want to see him on the grass at all.

“I’m playing incredible tennis right now. That first set [in Stuttgart] The level was as good as anyone could produce on grass. “

Murray had many false mornings before Wimbledon to avoid any kind of fraud. His race in Germany was the best tennis he has played in three-and-a-half years since hip surgery and yet he suffered another injury, abdominal tension.

All indications are that he goes to Center Court against James Dickworth, which has now been repaired, and after undergoing some rigorous practice sessions with Dan Evans and others at Orangi Park, he will have his body examined without any problems. does.

And if the body is intact, he believes he has tennis that can keep him in the long-distance race at an event where he is a two-time champion.

“I think I showed up a few weeks ago that I still have some good tennis,” he said. “I mean, I beat a guy in the top five in the world, with Bertini having a neck and neck, one of the best grasscourt players in the world before the injury.

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“I’m doing very well in practice. I know tennis exists, I just need to bring it up during the event. Obviously having Ivan on my team helps. We’ve had a lot of success in the past. Got it, we know each other well. He still believes in me.

Ivan Lendl has ended up in London since Stuttgart to reunite with Murray. Together in the past, the partnership has been responsible for the best form of Murray’s career, and it is hoped that the Lendl effect could inject a late career recovery for the 35-year-old.

Murray’s current form and most of his fitness is due to a month-long training block following the Miami Open in late May with Lendl in Orlando.

There has been a lot about handling the load on his body, as Lendl did when his own playing career went well into his 30s.

“As he got older, he reduced the amount of training and things he was doing himself,” Murray said. “So, we’ve talked a little bit about it, the amount of money that I’m going to spend. I’m grateful that Ivan is back to work with me and help me try and get what I want. I want to get it. “

On the other side of the net, there is a player for him on the center court today who has not been without his own injury. After the Australian Open, Dickworth underwent the ninth surgery of his professional career on his hip.

He returned to action in May but has not won a major draw since, and is expected to be a much easier draw than the former British No. 1.

“He’s a boy who’s had a lot of operations,” said Murray, a sympathizer. “She has had injury problems for many years. She is a decent hard worker. I think she reached the top of her career last year. She finished very well last year, the second half of the year, then. “Obviously he had surgery. Obviously he wants to come back from surgery. I’m sure we’ll have a good match on Monday.”