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At 35 years old, Andy Murray is giving any player North of 30 the belief that they can still compete with the big guys. We all know about the turbulent few years that this guy faced with his string of injuries and surgeries. And yes, these factors seriously dented what he could have achieved in his career, in my opinion. However, Murray is one of those players who just cannot hang up his rackets because of a few setbacks.
In fact, he has faced more setbacks than anyone truly deserves. Yet he is still fighting for his position as one of the top 50 players in the world. As things stand, Murray is 52 in the world after making the finals of Doha last week. He jumped 18 spots when the most recent ATP rankings updates were released this last week, taking him up from 70 in the world. And when you consider that he fell outside of the top 800 during the worst of his injury struggles, this alone is pretty staggering.
Sure, he hasn’t made it back to the previous highs of being a world number one and a contender for Grand Slams. But for me, the start of his 2023 season has been truly inspiring, and I feel that it deserves a bit of recognition. Therefore, let me give you the most impressive achievements/performances of Murray’s 2023 season to date.
35 Years Old and Still Going Strong – Magic Murray in 2023
The fact that this man even came back to competitive tennis following his surgeries is incredible in itself. Yet many thought it was just a case of a previous Grand Slam champion failing to let his career go. However, Murray has since proved any doubters wrong, and he continues to do so – especially in 2023.
Here’s what he has produced in just a couple of short months during the 2023 season:
Australian Open: Grand Slam – Third Round Run
Murray played just one warm-up tournament prior to the 2023 Australian Open. And he lost to Sebastian Korda in his opening round during that event. He was then drawn against one of the higher seeds, Matteo Berrettini in the opening round of the Australian Open. However, Murray upset the odds and won the match, 7-6 in the fifth set. This was already amazing, yet he then produced arguably the biggest comeback of all time to reach the third round.
In Murray’s longest-ever match, which was played over the course of close to 6 hours, he beat Kokkinakis, 7-5 in the fifth set. Bear in mind he was two sets and 5-2 down, which must have made the 4:05 am finish worth it.
Doha, Qatar: ATP 250 – Final
After losing in the third round of the Australian Open, Murray went to Doha for this 250 event. And once again, he showed the fighting spirit that has brought him the game’s biggest trophies in the past. Murray won four three-setters in a row to make the final, and he saved match points in 2 of these 4 matches. In fact, he had to save five of them to win his semi-final match – simply sensational.
Sure, he then lost to Daniil Medvedev in the finals. But with the matches he’s been winning this season, the next few tournaments are looking promising for Andy Murray.
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