What makes Andy Murray so good still at this age? Well, it combines skill, talent, and mental strength. Murray has done very well at making use of his capabilities, as limited as they may be, to drive himself toward success.
Injuries have slowed down the Brit’s career and even pushed him to the point of announcing retirement at the 2019 Australian Open. Since then, Murray has rehabilitated and worked to revive his career.
Since the start of the 2022 season, Murray has improved his singles ranking from 134 to where he sits currently, 55th in the world, and he is looking to rise even further. Despite not being the same player he was in 2016, Murray has still been able to be successful to an extent. But how has he managed that?
First, Murray wanted to be in optimal health. With the surgeries he has undergone in recent years, Murray’s comeback has been really tough and required a lot of work. His speed and movement are not the same, but he has still been able to produce a high level of tennis on the court coupled with his mental strength.
As the number of young players increases on tour, Murray holds certain advantages which help him prevail against these up-and-coming players. His experience, wisdom, and mental strength are all he needs. We have seen the truth in this over the last few months. Murray has been involved in a slew of long three-set matches, and he has come on top in the majority of them.
The 35-year-old picked up his first straight-set victory in five months as he defeated Radu Albot 6-4 6-3 as he progresses into the round of 32 at the Indian Wells Masters. Murray has been nothing short of spectacular as he rises in the rankings yet again.
The qualities that Murray expresses on the court are definitely something to take inspiration to. Even though he can be quite emotional, he possesses things that can determine whether or not he is victorious in a long three-set match. Murray does not give up, he assesses his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses well, and he is able to maintain a good level of tennis throughout these long matches.
Another attribute of Murray on the court is simply how all-around he is. His backhand and forehand are very solid, he has a good volley, his movement is sufficient, his serve can still do damage, and does well mixing in different shots. More than that, Murray is a very smart player who tends to play the right shots the majority of the time. He takes advantage of his experience which helps him pull through.
As Andy Murray continues his strong presence on the tour, he has done very well at using what he has in order to succeed. Currently sitting at 52nd in the live ATP rankings, Murray can return to the top 50 at the Miami Masters after his loss to young Brit, Jack Draper in the round of 32 at Indian Wells.