Andy Murray turns to Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic for inspiration forward of Wimbledon

Published:Mar 10, 202422:17
Andy Murray turns to Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic for inspiration forward of Wimbledon

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is hoping to attract inspiration from the age-defying feats of Rafa Nadal and Marin Cilic on the French Open as he seeks to construct momentum forward of the grasscourt main this month.

The 35-year-old, who skipped Roland Garros to protect his health and put together for Wimbledon, overcame Dutchman Gijs Brouwer 7-6(4) 7-6(3) to advance to the quarter-finals of the Surbiton Trophy Challenger occasion on Thursday.

Murray mentioned he had one eye on occasions in Paris, the place Nadal and Cilic shall be in semi-final motion in a while Friday.

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"I do not know whether or not it's Rafa's final run or not as a result of he appears to be doing bodily very well through the occasion, so I hope he is ready to proceed going for some time," the Scot instructed reporters.

The Spaniard, who turned 36 on Friday, is bidding for a record-extending 14th crown on the Parisian clay.

Murray was equally impressed with former U.S. Open champion Cilic, who has rolled again the years and emerged as a shock contender within the French capital.

"Cilic as effectively, he's somebody I grew up with within the juniors and performed rather a lot with. He has simply made the semis of the French for the primary ever time at 33 years outdated and is enjoying very well," he mentioned.

"I can take some inspiration from these guys."

Nadal faces third seed Alexander Zverev whereas Cilic goes up towards the up-and-coming Casper Ruud.

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