Andy Murray encouraged by progress despite losing to Alex de Minaur in Zhuhai


Andy Murray judged himself to be taking part in at a “top-70 [or] top-60 form of degree” after his slender defeat by the hands of rising Australian star Alex de Minaur in Zhuhai.
The rankings ladder confirmed a deficit of 382 locations, but the match was finely balanced for almost all of its exhausting 2hr 42min length. In heat temperatures and excessive humidity, each gamers have been drenched in sweat from the early levels of de Minaur’s 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory.
In mild of their seasons up to now – de Minaur was taking part in his fortieth tour-level match to Murray’s seventh – it was all the time possible {that a} tight end would go in favour of the extra battle-hardened participant. However Murray has proven actual enchancment in Zhuhai, beginning together with his three-set win over Tennys Sandgren, and may transfer on to Beijing and Shanghai in good coronary heart.
“My motion is significantly better than it was about six weeks in the past, eight weeks in the past,” mentioned Murray, after going toe-to-toe with an opponent who might simply be the quickest man on the tour. “It is good to complete an extended match like that [the Sandgren win] and never have ache in my hip and issues sleeping afterwards.
“Yesterday was the primary time in my total profession that I did not follow the day earlier than a match. I used to be drained after the primary spherical and tried to form of relaxation and get better as a lot as attainable. I am attempting to take a look at simply different methods to offer my physique a little bit of a break and a relaxation after I can. I used to be hitting the ball very nicely, however my shot choice [and] mentality might be higher. The extra matches that I play bodily, I will get a bit higher as nicely.”

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