Belgian star Kim Clijsters has recently told the media she has been impressed by Andy Murray’s comeback from hip surgical procedure. The Scot returned the reward on Monday forward of the European Open in Antwerp.
In line with the 34-year-old, Clijsters hit on a apply courtroom after him throughout the BNP Paribas Open, and he was impressed with what he noticed.
“She nonetheless hits the ball incredible. I feel the decision-making and issues like that can include extra matches,” Murray mentioned. “I feel bodily she will get stronger. I feel that was in all probability one in every of her largest strengths when she was on the high of the sport and as profitable as she was.
“With extra time, extra matches, extra time on the apply courtroom, bodily she’ll hold getting higher. It’s not simple after such a very long time out of the sport, however I’m certain she will nonetheless win matches on the highest stage, judging on how she’s dealt with herself so properly.”
Murray additionally lavished reward on Cameron Norrie, who on Sunday grew to become the primary Briton to win the title in Indian Wells and cracked the High 20 of the FedEx ATP Rankings.
“I’d be mendacity if I mentioned that I known as that to be sincere. Nevertheless, I’ve spent an honest period of time round him and practised with him quite a bit and he works extraordinarily onerous. And I feel he’s an amazing instance not only for British gamers, however all tennis gamers to take a look at,” Murray mentioned. “In the event you put the trouble in day-in and day-out and correctly dedicate your self to the game and have an angle like he does, it could take you a protracted, great distance. It was clearly an outstanding achievement final evening, however I feel the season that he’s having is possibly extra spectacular than that one week.”
Norrie is as much as tenth within the FedEx ATP Race To Turin as he tries to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, the season-ending occasion. The lefty has gained 47 tour-level matches this 12 months.
“Each week he’s profitable matches. I feel he’s performed six finals. I feel it’s trying like he’s going to win extra matches on the Tour this 12 months than he had in each season that he’d had beforehand mixed,” Murray mentioned. “That reveals you the way a lot of an enchancment he’s made. I knew he was good, I’d performed towards him and practised with him, however to be High 20 on the planet and pushing for a spot within the Tour Finals is an unimaginable effort.”
Murray gained the Antwerp title in 2019. Picture Credit score: AFP/Getty Photos
Murray will attempt to make his personal mark this week in Antwerp, the place two years in the past he loved a dream run to the trophy for his first title following hip surgical procedure. In an emotional remaining, he defeated Stan Wawrinka to earn the crown.
“It was clearly a bit sudden on the time. I spoke a bit about it on the time, however I’d gained possibly what can be thought-about larger tournaments, however this was one of many hardest that I needed to win by way of every part that I’d went via and I put my physique via to get to that time,” Murray mentioned. “It was robust. Clearly profitable Wimbledon, it was the stress and every part and it was clearly unbelievably troublesome.
“However to win a event at this stage with a steel hip and every part that had gone into that within the earlier years, it was a protracted highway, so I’ve good recollections from right here.”
The Scot will play American Frances Tiafoe within the first spherical, with second seed Diego Schwartzman looming within the second spherical.