It is no secret that world number one, Andy Murray has had a torrid 2017. After finally attaining the world number one ranking, Murray was expected to dominate this year. But things have not gone according to plan, as the Brit has shocking start to the season. In fact, Murray’s season is the worst start to a season by a world No 1 since Pete Sampras in 1999. But he seems confident in the French Open, as Andy Murray claims that a return to five-set tennis has been a huge plus.
“I believe in myself,” said Murray, “so even when things aren’t going well, I believe I can turn it around. It’s not easy, but if you work hard and do all the right things in practice, then it generally does come [good].
“The five-set format has definitely helped that. I have maybe not been as anxious going into some of the matches, because I know there is some time to turn it around. But mentally I feel pretty good just now. I’m happy with how the match was today.”
Murray secured the biggest win of his season so far, getting the better of Del Potro in straight sets, soaking in the pressure of his big groundstrokes, and unleashing those defensive skills at crucial moments to essentially brush aside the strong challenge of Del Potro.
“His forehand is a big shot,” said Murray afterwards. “That’s where you need to be smart when you’re playing against him. If he smokes a forehand on the run, you notice it.”