Andy Murray names the only player to intimidate him, saying: ‘I didn’t know if he liked me or not’

Andy Murray has named the only player to have ever made him feel intimidated in his career, although the name may surprise many.

Murray has spent his career fighting it out with consensus all-time greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, but none of them frightened him.

“The only player I was intimidated by – and I don’t know why, exactly – was Marat Safin,” Andy Murray told the Guardian in an interview.

“I played him when I was young at Cincinnati, in 2005. Sometimes I’d speak to him and he’d be nice, and sometimes – I don’t know whether he didn’t like me or not – I found it a bit tricky.”

Murray is now seen as a legitimate British sporting great, but he admits it was not always the case – and it used to bother him at times.

“People have said some terrible things to me, but I don’t let it bother me. But there was one time.

“I had just lost in the semis at Wimbledon and was walking down the street with my wife. Some guys drove past and screamed, “You f**king loser!”

“It was a period in my career where I was already doubting myself. I found it hurtful.”

Murray has been forced to pull out of Cologne 2 this week due to persistent tendinitis in his pelvis.

“I’ve been dealing with tendinitis in my left psoas, which has kind of been on and off since the US Open,” Murray explained.

“I’ve been trying to deal with it in training and the matches. Unfortunately after my match here this week it’s flared up again.

“I’ve been practising the last few days and trying to manage it but, after playing some points today, I decided that it was not going to be good enough to play.

“I’d like to thank the tournament for giving me the opportunity to come and play here, I’m sorry it hasn’t worked out. See you on the court soon.”

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