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Murray: 'My game will be in a really good place for Wimbledon'

The former world number has expressed optimism that he could go far at this year's championships, a tournament he has won twice in the past.

Andy Murray said he is confident he will be in good physical condition at Wimbledon and that this year's grass court major offers him the best chance of going deep at a Grand Slam.

The 35-year-old's time on court almost came to a premature end in 2019 after undergoing hip surgery.

But now, after defying those odds - and naysayers such as Matts Wilander - Murray is showing his best form in over half a decade.

The three-times major champion reached his fourth ATP final since returning to the Tour at last week's Qatar Open, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev, before withdrawing from the Dubai Tennis Championships due to a recurring hip issue.

But Murray remains bullish, saying he has made changes to his training methods to avoid overloading his body.

"I really like the way that I've trained in practice these last four months and I've not been doing that with Wimbledon in mind," Murray told The Times newspaper in the wake of that run in Dubai. "I'm trying to just focus on each day and trying to get the most out of it. If I do that and accumulate enough of those days, then I believe that come Wimbledon my game will be in a really, really good place."

The former world number one and three-time Slam winner said that with most players feeling more comfortable playing on hard courts he has a better chance of going deep at Wimbledon, where he has ably demonstrated his abilities, most notably in winning it twice in 2013 and 2016.

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"I'm not saying I would expect to win the French Open (on clay) if I played, but with Wimbledon there is certainly a better opportunity to have a deep run," he told the British newspaper.

Murray is optimistic he can still cope with the rigours posed in potentially playing seven five-set matches if he was to make it all the way at SW-19.

"I have some niggles and my body doesn't feel amazing, but it's coped really well with the first few tournaments of the year that have been really demanding," he said.

The Scotsman has not made the fourth round of any of the Slams since 2017 but showed some signs that 2023 might be the year where he can make the second week of a major after heroics at this year's Australian Open enabled him to reach the third round, before going down in four sets to Roberto Bautista Agut.


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