“Clinical and Ruthless”; What Murray needs to be to get back on top

Many have been thrilled and impressed by Andy Murray’s improvement after his return from a groin injury and a Covid-19 fight, but the 34-year doesn’t find mere improvement to be enough anymore.

After losing most of his games against top seeds this year, Murray is aware that his competitiveness isn’t where he would want it to be, and he knows what he must do if he has to win more games. His victory against Hubert Hurkacz in the Vienna Open showed a glimpse of the old him.

He has won some games this year, but his loss against Diego Schwartzman left him disappointed, after which he stated that to win against such opponents and get back to the top, he had to be clinical and ruthless.

“I need to be a bit more clinical and ruthless when my opportunities come,” Murray decisively said after his match with Diego, as the former World No. 1 thought that he lost his lead and eventually the game because he didn’t go all out.

Looking back on his wins before the 2019 injury, the 3-time grand slam winner revealed that he beat his opponents then because he held nothing back, and was more decisive. “That was one of the things when I was right at the top. …When my opportunities come, I am going to take them and be clinical, “he stated.

Right after that decision, he beat Hurkacz and achieved something he hadn’t done this year, a victory against a top ten opponent. Following his earlier words that “when you play with the top players, you don’t get loads,” he came back after a second set fumble to beat Hubert and secure a second round match in Vienna.

Andy plays Alcaraz Garfia in the next round. If he can be clinical and ruthless enough, the Britton won’t find it hard to beat the youngster as he already did that in Indiana Wells recently.