Andy Murray is certainly one of the front-runners to win Wimbledon this year after a great season to-date, and the player himself has admitted that he needs to make the most of his good form with old age catching up on him, reports the Mirror.
Many retired sports stars offer advice along the lines that ‘a career at the top is short and should be cherished’, it would seem like Murray is already taking that advice on-board as he charts his future in the sport.
The Briton is now 28-years-old; one year younger than Rafael Nadal, around five-years younger than Roger Federer and although he is older than Novak Djokovic, there is only one week in-it. Despite that, Murray believes he may only have a few years left as a top player.
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As he continues preparations to win a second Wimbledon title in three years, the home favourite was in reflective mood: “I’m coming towards the end stage of my career. I only have maybe a couple more years left at the top of the game,” he said to reporters. “I know that I’m not young any more. I want to make the most of it. I’m doing everything better now.
“I hope that I still have five or six more years left.
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“But I want to make sure that the next few years I give myself the best opportunity to win as many tournaments and matches as possible.”
If Murray has worries about a potential decline in the upcoming future, he would do well to remember his own struggles as recently as last year.
The world no.3 was in danger of dropping out of the world’s top 10 last Autumn after a season which was beset by injuries and poor form, many thought that his time at the top had come to an end then.
However, it proved to be just a blip, the two-time Grand Slam champion has fared much better in the last seven months. After reaching the Australian Open final, Murray enjoyed an unusually successful run on the clay courts and equalled his best-ever French Open finish – the last four.
Now, with Wimbledon silverware up for grabs, Murray will be looking to make sure that his great form doesn’t go unrewarded. The draw at SW19 certainly hasn’t been kind to the third seed though; Mikhail Kukushkin represents a difficult first round opponent while his potential path to the final is littered with dangerous-looking players.
Murray will need his best throughout the next fortnight, but he won’t be the only top player who will worry that they haven’t still got it in them to challenge at the top.
As already mentioned, Nadal and particularly Federer are veteran players on the circuit now and both have been experiencing quieter spells recently. Nadal is in a similar position to Murray last year; nearing a fall out of the top 10 and unable to overcome injuries and poor form. Federer, meanwhile, despite leading the all-time records in Grand Slams with 17 titles, is trophyless since Wimbledon 2012.
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