Andy Murray: Is enjoying on clay in Madrid a danger for the previous two-time champion?


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The final time Andy Murray performed on clay he suffered a humbling defeat to Stan Wawrinka on the French Open, so why return to the grime? Barry Cowan explains that with Madrid being at altitude, circumstances are very completely different, and the Scot is a two-time champion within the Spanish capital

Final Up to date: 01/05/22 7:03am


Barry Cowan feels playing in Madrid when you haven’t played in those conditions in a while, is a risk for Andy Murray

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Barry Cowan feels enjoying in Madrid if you haven’t performed in these circumstances shortly, is a danger for Andy Murray

Barry Cowan feels enjoying in Madrid if you haven’t performed in these circumstances shortly, is a danger for Andy Murray

Andy Murray has made a U-turn and can return to clay-court motion on the Madrid Open this week, however is it a danger value taking for the two-time champion?

Taking part in on the grime is a dilemma for the Scot, who has beforehand acknowledged that he would skip all the clay-court season, together with the French Open.

So why the change of thoughts? World No 81 Murray is aware of he wants extra aggressive motion underneath his belt as he builds as much as the grass-court season. He final performed in late March when he misplaced to Daniil Medvedev within the second spherical of the Miami Open.

He is additionally eager to learn the way his partnership with Ivan Lendl goes since they reunited for a 3rd time in March.

“One week in Madrid when you have not performed in these circumstances shortly is a danger”

Barry Cowan on Andy Murray deciding to play in Madrid

Murray, who has battled again from career-saving hip surgical procedure, has beforehand stated clay has exacerbated damage points.

The final time Murray performed on the floor he suffered a chastening defeat for the lack of six video games in opposition to Stan Wawrinka within the opening spherical of the French Open in 2020.

Murray’s U-turn has definitely shocked tennis commentator and former British No 3, Barry Cowan.

“It was one thing that I by no means thought would occur due to what occurred the final time he performed on clay. He was uncomfortable on it, when it comes to his motion. He felt the transition from going to laborious to clay after which again to the grass, which, let’s be trustworthy, is crucial a part of Andy Murray’s season, is ensuring he is match for the grass,” he informed Sky Sports activities.

“Having had that follow in Miami on the clay, he clearly felt his physique was proper. He clearly felt that enjoying in Madrid, getting a wildcard and enjoying some matches, is a constructive.

“I assumed that perhaps if he felt he may play some matches that he may play at a Challenger on the laborious.

“I am certain it is not one thing he would have awakened and thought ‘I’ll do it’. I am certain it was one thing he would have considered.

“However Madrid is so distinctive. The circumstances aren’t like a clay-court as such. It’s tremendous, tremendous fast. You solely have to have a look at a number of the gamers who’ve accomplished effectively there through the years. It is the kind of place the place John Isner likes to play and the kind of place the place Reilly Opelka may do some harm.

“If we return to Indian Wells, Murray has not all the time performed his finest tennis within the desert in comparison with Miami due to the lighter circumstances. Madrid is at altitude and Murray will return to the truth that he has gained that title earlier than, however that is on the again of enjoying much more matches.”

Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou says he was surprised that Andy Murray teamed up with Ivan Lendl for a third time

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Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou says he was shocked that Andy Murray teamed up with Ivan Lendl for a 3rd time

Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou says he was shocked that Andy Murray teamed up with Ivan Lendl for a 3rd time

Cowan hopes Murray’s change of plans will not backfire as a result of enjoying on a floor he’s not 100 per cent in control with could have extreme repercussions on his physique.

“One week in Madrid when you have not performed in these circumstances shortly is a danger,” added Cowan.

“It is one thing he has spoken to Ivan Lendl at size about and so they really feel that is the fitting factor to do.”

Murray to face Thiem in blockbuster opener

Thiem (left) will meet Murray in a high-profile encounter at La Caja Magica

Thiem (left) will meet Murray in a high-profile encounter at La Caja Magica

Murray was handed a high-profile first-round conflict with former US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who’s working his manner again from a long-term wrist damage.

It will likely be the primary match for the reason that French Open final 12 months that includes each Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who has recovered from a fractured rib.

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