Andy Murray says he’s feeling positive after training with Roger Federer ahead of his first Wimbledon campaign in four years, and says he’s going to compete for every point.
Two-time Wimbledon Champion Murray has had a difficult couple of years with injuries, which led to him having major hip surgery in 2019.
Despite planning to make a full comeback last year, the coronavirus hit, disrupting the Tour, and when he planned to return earlier this year he was hit with a positive COVID test forcing him out of the Australian Open and a freak groin injury the eve before the Miami Open.
Last week Murray played competitively on grass for the first time in three years at Queen’s Club, winning his first match before being defeated by eventual winner Matteo Berrettini.
The 34-year-old will kick start his Wimbledon campaign on Monday against 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili and has been practising with some top players which he says has helped his confidence.
“The way that I’ve been performing in my practices with top players, I’m not going out there and getting whacked. I’m competing well with all of the players that I practised with,” Murray said in a pre-tournament interview.
“That’s the really positive thing for me. That’s one of the reasons why I’m sure that if my body holds up that I can do well and can compete with these guys on the biggest stages.
“I think how you perform in them can give you some knowledge about where you are.
“I’ll just go out there and I’ll compete for every point. If my body hurts afterwards, fine. It’s more the build-up that’s the hard part, knowing how much to push, having the mentality to really go for it in training.”
Murray says he particularly enjoyed training with Roger Federer and it is something he would have previously taken for granted but is now realising how special it is.
“Getting to play with Roger was really cool for me. They’re the sort of things that probably like six, seven years ago I wouldn’t have given any thought to it. I would have seen that as just being a practice session pre-major with a top player, and focusing kind of on myself.
“I’m probably appreciating these things more. When I take a step back from that, as a tennis fan, getting to play with Roger Federer two days before Wimbledon, it’s really great.”
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