Andy Murray believes he “could have had a good run” at Wimbledon 2022 had he gone past the second round.
The two-time champion lost to World No. 26 John Isner in four sets in the second round Wednesday. However, Murray, who bowed out without a break of serve in a 4-6, 6-7(4), 7-6(3) defeat, felt his body was prepared for a second-week run this fortnight.
“I could have had a good run here. It’s one of those matches that, had I got through, who knows what would have happened,” Murray said at the post-match conference, according to ATP’s official website.
Even though Murray had a few fitness issues in the lead-up to Wimbledon, it did not reflect in his game against Isner. The Brit even produced brief moments of the excellent form that had led him success at All England Club twice in the past. However, Isner’s phenomenal serve was the difference in the end that helped the American star to progress to the third round.
“I think most of the players on the Tour would tell you that a match like that was won or lost based on a few points here and there. I didn’t play well enough on those points tonight… Tonight’s match, I don’t see why it should change that view [that I can make deep major runs],” added Murray.
The three-time Grand Slam winner recently broke into ATP’s Top 50 rankings, for the first time since 2018. However, he entered Wimbledon at World No. 52 and fell short of being seeded. Murray also explained the importance of being seeded at major events.
“One of the reasons why improving your ranking and trying to get seeded is important [is to] avoid playing top players and dangerous guys like that early in tournaments,” Murray said.
Meanwhile, Murray was not sure if he would return to All England Club next year owing to the number of problems he has had with his body over the last few years.
“It depends on how I am physically. [If] physically I feel good, then we’ll try to keep playing. But it’s extremely difficult with the problems I’ve had with my body in the last few years to make long-term predictions about how I’m going to be even in a few weeks’ time, never mind in a year’s time,” Murray said.
Earlier it was reported that Murray is set to make his Laver Cup debut as he has joined Team Europe for the 2022 edition. That would see him team up with the legendary duo of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Laver Cup is scheduled to begin on Sept. 23.