Earlier than persevering with his grass court docket preparations, Andy Murray on Monday did the maths on Rafael Nadal’s newest feat on clay.
The 36-year-old Spaniard on Sunday routed Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 within the remaining at Roland Garros to increase two information. It was not solely his twenty second Grand Slam title but in addition his 14th French Open.
“Profitable 14 Grand Slams on the similar place is unimaginable,” stated Murray in Stuttgart.
“There’s hardly any gamers on the Tour who will get the chance to play Roland Garros 14 occasions, a lot much less win it.”
Nadal received his first French Open title in 2005. Within the 17 seasons since then, he has misplaced simply three matches at Roland Garros and been pressured out as soon as by a wrist harm.
Murray used the game’s newest prodigy, Nadal’s compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, for comparability.
“Alcaraz is nineteen now, so he must win it each single time (till age 33) to attain that. I simply do not see that taking place.”
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Murray, who reached the Roland Garros remaining in 2016, was additionally impressed by Iga Swiatek, who prolonged her singles successful streak to 35 matches as she received the ladies’s remaining.
“It was simply an unimaginable achievement for Rafa – and Iga Swiatek,” stated Murray.
The Scot is making his debut on the ATP occasion in Stuttgart after shifting onto the lawns final week on the Challenger stage occasion in Surbiton, London, the place he reached the semi-finals earlier than shedding to American Denis Kudla.
The previous world primary, who’s ranked 68th, will take to the lawns of the Weissenhof Membership on Tuesday when he faces Australian qualifier Christopher O’Connell.
“I beat him in a really shut match in Dubai, it may be troublesome,” Murray stated.
The 35-year-old, who survived a mass capturing at his main faculty in Dunblane, Scotland, when he was 9, once more spoke about gun violence.
“(When) that occurred, we modified the gun legal guidelines and there have been no extra mass shootings within the UK.
“There have been greater than 200 mass shootings within the US this yr. They need to in all probability do one thing to alter that tradition.”
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Murray stated that whereas he would like to play doubles with Britain’s US Open champion Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon, the percentages have been in opposition to it except he suffered an early singles loss.
“British tennis followers would take pleasure in that however I do not know if it may occur.
“Provided that the singles do not work out. It is robust sufficient for me to play the singles proper now,” stated Murray, who has been beset by harm issues in recent times, particularly to his hip.
Murray shall be enjoying his forty fifth occasion on grass however solely the second on the floor exterior of Britain.
He stated the Stuttgart lawns – initially curated by Wimbledon specialists previous to the primary version in 2015 – play otherwise than final week in Surbiton.
“These have been old-school courts, decrease bounce, very quick. Nevertheless it was a great begin, hopefully I can proceed it right here.”