By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday Might 2, 2022
The early days of Andy Murray’s third go-around with coach Ivan Lendl are trying very optimistic.
Murray has been off the court docket since shedding within the second spherical at Miami to Daniil Medvedev, however he regarded seasoned and performed with readability on Monday at Madrid.
His 6-3, 6-4 victory over Dominic Thiem marked his first victory on clay since 2017 at Roland-Garros. Although Murray has not performed a lot on the floor, his sport has at all times made sense on clay. He was happy that it went so nicely at this time, and instructed reporters that he feels his arduous work has been paying off.
“I put in heaps and many work, you already know, this final little interval,” he stated. “I needed to exit and placed on an excellent efficiency. Clearly I’ve had some doubts and stuff, about my very own sport at instances over this final interval, however I do really feel like I’ve began to play some higher tennis, and I am undoubtedly transferring higher and moved very nicely tonight.”
“I did not know if I used to be nonetheless able to enjoying at that degree on this floor.” @andy_murray has heaps to be ok with after his first win on clay since 2017 👏#MMOPEN pic.twitter.com/enNk7RYIBE
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 2, 2022
Murray, who will face Denis Shapovalov in second-round motion on Tuesday night in Madrid, says the truth that his motion is on level helps him focus extra on techniques, and he was happy with how a lot readability he had at this time in opposition to Thiem.
“That is a extremely vital a part of my sport,” he stated of his motion. “Permits me to focus on the technique a bit of bit extra after I’m on the market. I used to be simply actually glad throughout with how I competed, how I performed, how I moved, how my physique felt. After such a very long time of enjoying on clay, like, I did not know if I used to be nonetheless essentially able to enjoying at that degree on this floor. That is why I used to be glad.
Murray had initially deliberate to skip the clay court docket season completely, however when a few of the challengers he was planning to play cancelled he realized that 9 weeks off between matches was too lengthy of a time to go with out aggressive tennis.
Now that he’s arrived in Madrid, and put a win below his belt, he’s rising his confidence, irrespective of the floor.
He didn’t point out Lendl in his post-match press convention but it surely definitely appears to be like and feels just like the partnership is paying dividends as soon as once more.
“I felt very clear about how I needed to play tonight,” he stated. “I’ve labored actually arduous the final 4 or 5 weeks, most likely longer than that. Type of earlier than I went to Indian Wells, I felt like I used to be beginning to turn into a bit of bit clearer with what I needed to do and was subsequently perhaps extra engaged within the practices and believing that I am doing the correct issues.
“I really feel like within the vital moments that helps when you have got a transparent head and clear ideas. You already know, from that facet, like mentally, I did actually, rather well tonight. I am actually pleased with that facet of issues. You already know, my perspective and my vitality on the court docket was actually good. Yeah, attempt to preserve that going.”