World number two Andy Murray provided an insight about his future as he began his campaign in the US Open on Tuesday at the revamped Arthur Ashe Court.
He registered a comfortable victory against Czech star Lukas Rosol, winning the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in just under two hours.
But, before starting his journey in the tournament, Murray disclosed his plans for the coming years, admitting it would be hard to continue playing at the top level after four more years.
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The Sun quoted Britain’s number one saying: “I’d imagine playing at this level for three, four more years, max.... if I’m lucky.”
Currently 29, Murray is in the peak of his career, having a phenomenal year professionally after winning Wimbledon and then getting gold at the Rio Olympics.
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He further added: “I hope I’m still playing like this when I’m 38... but it’s pretty unlikely.”
However, the Wimbledon champion doesn’t view this as a setback and wants to make the most of the time remaining at the top-flight.
“I’m usually using that as a positive – you have to make the most of every opportunity. It’s a slightly different mentality to when you’re younger and you feel like you have a bit more time on your side.”
“I want to make the most of every tournament I play and try to achieve as much as I can the next few years.”
The three-time Grand Slam winner would definitely be aiming to prolong his brilliant form this year, after winning Wimbledon on his home turf, following it up with an Olympic Gold medal in Rio.
The US Open is the perfect platform for him to stamp his authority among stalwarts like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal.
Injury struggles of his peers increases his chances to secure his second Grand Slam of the year, but Murray knows it will not be an easy task.
His next opponent in the second round of the tournament will be Spain’s Marcel Granollers, and the 29-year-old is expected to progress further.
Since splitting from coach Amelie Mauresmo in May, Murray answered his critics with his performances in recent months as many believed he would struggle to keep pace with the leaders.
In the present scenario, Murray remains the real contender to challenge Djokovic for the premier spot as he aims for another feather to his cap by winning the US Open in the days ahead.
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