British Tennis star Andy Murray has stated that he still feels like a “top 10” player in the world on grass.
Speaking after a routine 6-3, 6-2 win against South Korea’s Hyeon Chung in the opening round of the Lexus Surbiton Trophy on Monday (June 5), the 36-year-old said he felt he was moving and playing better than this time 12 months ago.
“It is hard to put numbers on it like that but yes, I would fancy myself against a lot of them,” Murray replied when asked if he still considers himself a top 10 player in the world on grass. “Last year I won against [Nick] Kyrgios who made the final of Wimbledon. I won against [Stefanos] Tsitsipas – it is probably not his favourite surface but he is one of the best players in the world.”
The British star also admitted that he believes that he is playing better than last year.
“And I’m playing better this year than I was last year. But it is kind of irrelevant if you say that. You have to perform and win the matches on the court and it is up to me to show that in the next four or five weeks.”
Murray, who skipped the ongoing French Open, believes that his decision to skip the Roland Garros paid off as he is moving a lot better than he has for years.
“The body was good,” he said. “I’ve been working a lot on my movement the last few weeks on the grass to try [to] get that sharp. It’s such an important part of my game. On the grass, I feel like it’s an advantage I have over the [other] players. So I really need to make the most of that work on it as much as I can. And I moved well today.”
Murray was knocked out in the first round of the Italian Open while also making an early exit at the hands of Stan Wawrinka during an ATP Challenger event in Bordeaux.