Britain’s Andy Murray crashed out of the prestigious Wimbledon competition after a 4-6, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 4-6 loss to America’s John Isner on Wednesday, 29 June.
Murray, who had the hopes of the local crowd on his back, failed to capitalise in crucial moments of the match, letting Isner run away with points at important stages. Speaking at the press conference, Murray rued the missed chances and stated that he could have had a good run here.
“I could have had a good run here,” the 35-year-old said in his post-match press conference. “It’s one of those matches that, had I got through, who knows what would have happened.”
“I think most of the players on the Tour would tell you that a match like that was won or lost based on a few points here and there,” he reflected. “I didn’t play well enough on those points tonight… Tonight’s match, I don’t see why it should change that view [that I can make deep major runs].”
He pointed at the fourth set which he lost 4-6 to Isner and said that he should not have dropped his serve there, and that is where he was thrown out of the competition.
“He was serving really well, as you would expect. And then in the fourth set, (I) probably lost a game on my serve that I shouldn’t have. Up 30-love… missed one of two shots in that game that… especially the one on the deuce point, I had a backhand that, should never really have missed. And then, when I had my opportunities, he served extremely well.”
Murray has been battling several injury crisis for years in his career, something that has stopped him short of achieving what really could have been a magnificent career for a Brit. Coming into the tournament, Murray had been struggling with an abdominal injury that hindered his preparations.
However, he stated that he was absolutely fine during the match, but having that injury was frustrating.
“My ab was absolutely fine during the match and the tournament and during the last couple of days in the build-up, but… yeah, it’s frustrating, ’cause I was in a good place, with my game and… that didn’t help, but… I mean the positive is that physically I was fine during the matches.”
Asked about his return next year in the grass court competition, Murray did not give a definitive answer and stated that it all depended on the condition that his body was in.
“It depends on how I am physically. That’s… physically I feel good then, we’ll try to keep playing. But it’s extremely difficult with the… problems I’ve had with my body in the last few years, to make long-term predictions about, how I’m going to be, even in a few weeks’ time, never mind in a year’s time. So if, physically I’m in a good place then yeah, I will continue to play. But it’s not easy to keep, my body, in optimal condition to compete at the highest level,” Murray concluded.