US OPEN 2013
Murray's Loss Hurts His No. 1 Hopes
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
While Murray had reached four straight Grand Slam finals before Thursday’s loss, the British No. 1 acknowledged the challenge of maintaining the level of consistency needed to be the best. “If I'm meant to win every Grand Slam I play or be in the final, it's just very, very difficult just now,” he said. “With the guys around us, it's very challenging. I have played my best tennis in the Slams the last two, three years.”
The Scot reached No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this past April, but was overtaken by Nadal in August. He will fall further behind Djokovic and Nadal following the US Open as he drops 2,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points and adds only 360.
Before reaching the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows, Murray went 3-2 during the summer hard court swing. He shared that it’s been a taxing 12 months both physically and mentally, highlighted by the final few games of the Wimbledon final, and admitted it took some time to recover from that triumph.
“When you work hard for something for a lot of years, it's going to take a bit of time to really fire yourself up and get yourself training 110 per cent,” he said. “That's something that I think is kind of natural after what happened at Wimbledon. But I got here. I have been here nearly three weeks now. I practised a lot, and played quite a lot of matches, as well. So I gave myself a chance to do well because I prepared properly.”
Despite a premature end to his title defence, Murray drew positives from all his success over the past year.
“I would have liked to have gone further, but I can't complain. If someone told me before the US Open last year I would have been here as defending champion having won Wimbledon and Olympic gold, I would have taken that 100 per cent. So I'm disappointed, but the year as a whole has been a good one.”
Djokovic later weighed in on Murray's loss. "It's never easy, after you win a Grand Slam, to motivate yourself again to play smaller tournaments and then to prepare yourself again to be mentally, physically, emotionally 100 per cent committed to another Grand Slam that is basically just a month and a half after [the] biggest win in his career, which is Wimbledon," said the Serb.
"I have been in this particular situation, I know how it feels, but this is tennis. You definitely always learn something new every single year, every single season, and you grow as a person and as a player," said Djokovic.
"That kind of a mindset, to always try to get better on the court [and] off the court, helped me to understand what I need to do in order to stay No. 1, in order to always try to win the Grand Slam titles because it's a huge competition, all the top players are very consistent. In order to be in the mix for No. 1 of the world or [a] contender for a major title, you have to be giving everything that you have."