Andy Murray has spoken about the toughest time he suffered this season at Wimbledon.
Andy Murray has revealed his worst result of 2021 was when he got “smoked” by Denis Shapovalov at Wimbledon. But the former world No 1 said he suffered a nightmare grass-court season because he was not fully fit and could not train properly. “My preparation was a disaster,” he said.
The three-time Grand Slam champion will face world No.4 Alex Zverev in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.
Murray, 34, has yet to beat a top-ten player since overcoming the German in August last year.
The Scot improved his record to 11-9 this year by fighting back to beat Carlos Alcaraz 5-7 6-3 6-2 in the second round.
He has lost nine times this season – with seven coming against top 13 players.
But before facing the new Olympic champion, Murray insisted he can still compete with the top players.
And he said his most disappointing display was losing 6-4 6-2 6-2 against the Canadian No 12 under the Centre Court roof in June. It was his first appearance in the Wimbledon singles since 2017.
“I do genuinely believe that I can win tournaments again and I can have big results against the top players,” said Murray.
“There’s nothing that has happened recently, barring probably the Shapovalov match that I played at Wimbledon where I got absolutely smoked.
“Pre-Wimbledon you spoke to my team and the guys that are working with me and my preparation was a disaster. I hardly got to practice in the build-up to the Queen’s.
“I didn’t know if I was even going to play Queen’s and yeah, so I have to cut myself a bit of slack with regards to how the grass season went.
“But I just don’t see any reason why I can’t still compete against the top players and beat them in big events.”
Murray is currently ranked world No 121 but will suffer a big drop down the rankings after this event in California unless he reaches the semi-finals as he will lose the points for winning the 2019 European Open – his last victory.
Losing to Zverev will see him fall to about No 170. He is ranked No 113 in the singles race for points this year.
“It’s a big drop because of the way the points have. “Brinkwire Summary News”.