The first grass tournaments began this week and will culminate in July with Wimbledon. Whoever won the best luck in the third slam of the year was certainly Andy Murray who lifted the trophy twice in 2013 and 2016, also losing a final in 2012 to Roger Federer.
In the interview he gave to his ATP colleagues, the Scottish tennis player talked about his physical condition but also about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Murray explained: "Compared to last year, I feel completely different.
Last year I was trying to prepare myself before the Queen's tournament, but I was not moving well, I started feeling good only four days before the start of Wimbledon. In short, my preparation was non-existent." On the upcoming edition of Wimbledon: "This season I have been training on grass for three weeks, luckily so far I have not had any physical discomfort that has made me stop or change my preparation.
I was able to play several games this week and hopefully I hope to play as many next week, this is the idea I have to get to Wimbledon as prepared as possible."
Between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
Comparison with Nadal: "My motivation comes from the fact that I still like the sport, I love this sport.
My situation is a bit different from Nadal's, due to the operation I underwent in the past. I think he still plays to break records and win Grand Slams. Obviously you have to love what you do and be willing to take some pain, which you learn with age, but it's always easier to play through the pain when competing for big titles."
On the next goals: "For me the last four or five years have been very different, I have played Challenger tournaments because my ranking has dropped a lot. So I feel that our situations are different, the reasons why I am still playing are very clear: I still love this game and I still believe I can compete at the highest level.
I know I haven't shown consistency over the last few years, but I have had some good results. Since returning I have beaten some of the best in the world, but not consistently. I hope to come back soon." One last anecdote about Roger Federer: "I'd like to see Roger play again, you never know when the end might come.
Obviously, they've been talking about it for a long time, saying NextGen is here, but it's the same guys who lift the Grand Slam titles, so I'd love to see Roger back in the race. I don't know his situation, but I think he will return to compete.
I don't know for how long, but I hope we'll meet again sometime, it's been a long time since the last time."