Murray: “I’m gonna break through” again | ATP circuit


Andy Murray believes it’s only a matter of time before he breaks through again and runs a deep run in a tournament after falling to #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the Erste Bank Open Wednesday.

Alcaraz, 18, took revenge on the former world number 1, 6-3, 6-4, after falling to him earlier this month at Indian Wells. But the Scotsman felt he had shown more than enough in the two-hour and six-minute duel to suggest he was well on the right track.

“I’m not going to continue to lose in the second and third rounds of tournaments. I’m going to get better and I’m going to get better and I’m going to break through in a week, two weeks or a few months, ”said Murray. “It’s going to happen. Obviously I wish it would happen faster than it is.

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“But he played extremely well and he’s a young top player and if you make unforced single digits mistakes playing that way and with the power he has, it will be difficult… If I continue on that lane and build a little more consistency, get a little more clinical and a little more ruthless, I’m going to start earning more and having deep runs, but it’s tough.

“The draws were difficult, I played in difficult tournaments. The print has been stacked here [in Vienna]. There were no easy games here. It will happen sooner rather than later, I think.

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The 46-time tour-level titlist opened his campaign in Vienna with a victory over Nitto ATP Finals prospect Hubert Hurkacz. It was a sweet revenge after he had already fallen twice this year against the Pole.

It was his first Top 10 win since he beat Alexander Zverev last August at the Open Western & Southern. Further wins over Frances Tiafoe in a three-hour, 45-minute thriller in Antwerp last week only added to Murray’s conviction.

“I won two days ago against a guy who is in the World Top 10, I made the semi-finals at Wimbledon this year, I won an ATP Masters 1000 this year,” Murray told About Hurkacz. “Alcaraz had a great race at the US Open and I had a good win against him.

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“I had some good games against top players who had great runs in these events so I’m not sure why I should think I couldn’t start over. I kind of watch these games and think if Hurkacz can make a semi-finals at Wimbledon why can’t that be?

Murray, two-time champion in Vienna, is 13-11 this season, including a quarter-final in Metz. He also pushed third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets in the first round of the US Open.