Former world No. 1 Mats Wilander stated that Andy Murray could be a significant threat at the US Open.
With the conclusion of the Cincinnati Open, attention is shifting towards the upcoming 2023 US Open in two weeks. Mats Wilander recently discussed the prospects that 36-year-old Andy Murray has in the last Grand Slam of the year.
The British tennis player won the title in 2012 by defeating Novak Djokovic and reached the final in 2008, where he was defeated by Roger Federer. Wilander emphasized Murray’s current level:
“Realistically for Andy Murray, it’s just to be able to get up in the morning, and being able to practise as hard as he needs to, as hard as he can. So to maintain the level where he is at, and actually go up a level as well, if he is going to contend in these tournaments,” said Wilander.
“I think he’s going to keep working away, it’s a tough out for anyone. He obviously loves the competition,” Wilander added.
The former Swedish tennis player recalled Andy Murray’s early exit from his favorite tournament, Wimbledon. The British player arrived in good form, but he didn’t have a favorable draw and was defeated in the second round by Stefanos Tsitsipas, who won in five sets.
“Wimbledon must have been very disappointing for him in a way, but then again he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who was ranked fifth at the time, so Murray, where can he get to? I think he must believe he can get back to somewhere between 10 and 20 in the world, and I would have to agree with that call in a way. I think he can, I think he will always be dangerous in the majors,” he said.
The former world No. 1 will play the US Open in two weeks and entered with a ranking of world No. 37, just a few spots away from a seeded position.
The 2012 US Open champion has held the top spot for 41 weeks… pic.twitter.com/3zTJaRwIDP
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) November 7, 2021