Andy Murray has renewed religion in his physique’s potential to deal with life on the ATP Tour.
Murray says his pre-season and early outings in 2023 have left him feeling that he can nonetheless go toe-to-toe along with his friends on the ATP Tour.
He felt that he wasn’t bodily at his finest through the latter portion of final season, as he suffered frequent cramping on the North American summer time occasions.
Murray was thrilled to have the ability to come by way of one other powerful match in Doha as he beat Lorenzo Sonego in a two and a half hour slog
“I’ve educated rather well since Melbourne,” he stated.
“I pushed myself bodily actually arduous for the reason that finish of final season. Clearly, noticed the advantages of that in Australia and the matches that I performed, making an attempt to hold on that path as a lot as I can.
“Though tonight’s match was 7-6 within the third and it was two-and-a-half hours, the truth that I used to be capable of play for almost 5 hours in opposition to Berrettini after which bodily was capable of handle one other actually lengthy match afterwards has given me much more perception in my physique, possibly greater than I’ve had at any stage in my profession, to be trustworthy, and it’s as a result of I’ve not had lots of these experiences of taking part in 4 hours and 50 minutes after which taking part in one other actually lengthy match afterwards.
“In order that was actually constructive for me. So I knew bodily I used to be going to be okay.”
Murray says that considered one of his nice strengths is with the ability to give attention to the large factors.
“That is one thing that most likely helped me in my profession, however in these moments I discover it simpler to pay attention and focus.
“I really feel like a energy of mine in these moments is that I’m in a position, as a result of I’m concentrating actually arduous in these moments, is that my decision-making on the court docket improves due to that.”
Murray faces fourth seed Alexander Zverev within the Spherical of 16 in Qatar.
“He’s clearly one of many high gamers on the earth,” stated Murray of Zverev.
“He had a nasty damage final 12 months and is simply getting back from that. He’s going to be bettering each week simply now.
“He’s not fairly on the stage he was again in the midst of final 12 months, however accidents like that take time. Will probably be one other nice match, hopefully, I can preserve constructing on this one.”