Thursday, March 30, 2023

Australian Open 2023: Andy Murray undaunted by tough draw at Melbourne Park

Andy Murray stated he was way more comfy taking over a high participant early on in a Grand Slam this 12 months than he was in 2022, as the previous world primary prepares to battle big-serving Matteo Berrettini within the Australian Open first spherical.

A five-time Australian Open runner-up, Murray’s profession regarded set to finish prematurely as a consequence of a long-standing hip damage after his first-round defeat in 2019 when he obtained an emotional ‘farewell’ on the courtroom.

However the three-time Grand Slam champion has continued to push himself after a number of surgical procedures and stated he was not nervous about being drawn towards the 2021 Wimbledon runner-up.

“Obviously a tough draw, but I also feel like I’m in a much better place than where I was during any of the Grand Slams last year … ,” Murray informed a information convention on Saturday.

“I feel ready to play a top player early … whereas maybe last year at times my game didn’t feel that great and getting a difficult draw or a tough match early didn’t feel great. I feel I’m in a better place this time to deal with that.”

Berrettini has gained their earlier three conferences, together with a four-set victory finally 12 months’s U.S. Open.

“Obviously the match at the U.S. Open was close, the match we played in Stuttgart was close and I won in Beijing,” Murray added. “I know how I feel today in comparison to where I felt going into the U.S. open and I’m playing better.”

Fellow Briton Emma Raducanu stated she was feeling good about her health forward of the Australian Open after rolling her ankle in a tune-up occasion final week.

Raducanu retired from her second-round match on the Auckland Basic, sparking considerations she may miss the 12 months’s first Grand Slam the place she’s going to bid so as to add to her 2021 U.S. Open crown.

“At the time you’re a bit worried about it, when you just go over you don’t know what’s going on,” Raducanu, who performs Tamara Korpatsch in her opener, stated.

“But we’ve been working hard. It’s been a team effort to get me to this place. We’ve expedited the process, but I’m feeling really good and looking forward to getting out on the court.”

Raducanu stated she resumed observe in midweek and was not too involved in regards to the shortened preparations.

“I’ve not really played much tennis ever in my career, so I’m used to it and not stressed about a lack of tennis that much,” Raducanu stated.

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