Andy Murray battled his way to a 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over Robin Haase in Rotterdam on Monday before declaring himself pretty happy with his fitness right now.
Murray has found it understandably tough to return to singles tennis since undergoing major hip surfacing surgery in 2019.
He remains some way short of his best, and he needed to show all of his old fighting qualities to squeeze through against Haase, but he remains convinced things are going in the right direction.
“I found a way and actually at the end started to play a bit better,” Murray told the official ATP website after the match.
“From the mental side and the physical side was positive. I thought I moved pretty well.
“I played for two-and-a-half hours and my hips and groin and stuff felt good, so that was positive. But from a tennis side it was average at best.”
So if Murray felt so good physically, what was behind his struggles for much of the match against Haase?
“I think from the mental side, I did really well to win because I was really struggling with my game for probably about an hour-and -a-half of that match,” he explained.
“I haven’t really felt like that many times in my career. I was mistiming the ball, it was very strange.
“I didn’t quite know what to do out there and then when I sort of did feel I was making the right decisions, I was just mistiming the ball. It wasn’t coming off my racquet like usual.”
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