After his fourth Queen’s title yesterday, Andy Murray says he’s playing better tennis now than when he won Wimbledon in 2013.
“I think you just have to improve,” said Murray after a 63, 64 win over Kevin Anderson. “Otherwise I wouldn’t still be in the same position. I was ranked, I don’t know, 3, 4 in the world around that time and I’m still there just now. Sport and life and everything moves on. If you don’t continue to improve and get better, there is going to be people that will take your spot.
So I feel like I have improved. Physically I’m definitely in a better place than I was then. Obviously I was having problems with my back around that time. Not so much on the grass but on the other surfaces. And, yeah, I feel like I’m using my variety very well just now, something that maybe I wasn’t the last couple of years. That’s been good for me. Yeah, more experience, more matches. So, yeah. There are a few things I’m doing a little bit better.”
Murray is 20-1 since his April wedding and the last time he won Queen’s he went on to win Wimbledon (2013).
“It’s great preparation obviously,” Murray said. “I think it has only happened six times where someone has won Queen’s and gone on to win. There are no guarantees that winning here, you know, gives you a Wimbledon title.
I need to go out there and earn it. I need to train well the next five, six days, prepare as well as I can. It’s great preparation. It’s a great start to my preparation on the grass. It gives me that little bit of confidence going in there.”
Murray added that with assistant coach Jonas Bjorkman in the stands he’s 9-0.
“So there has obviously been a good start with him, and hopefully that continues,” Murray said. “Obviously I’m not going to stay undefeated with him forever, but I also have to give a lot of credit to Amélie, because a lot of the work I have done with her is paying off. All of the things I have worked on with her, like using my variety is something I have spoken about a lot in the past, that’s things I have been working on with her for quite a while now.”
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