The Aegon Championships will feature numerous top players including world number one and defending champion Andy Murray, U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka, 2014 victor Grigor Dimitrov, and last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic. I think it’s unbelievable that he reached No 1, considering the obstacles, the competition that he was up against.
“I’ve always been behind them in the rankings”.
I want to make the most of every tournament I compete in.’ Last year, Murray reached the Roland Garros final, won Wimbledon, the ATP Finals title and an Olympic gold medal in Rio, living the best year of his tennis career.
It could be Tokyo, perhaps, defending the second Olympic singles title he won in Rio previous year? If you look at the titles and everything those guys have won I can’t compare myself to them, ‘ he said. The two stand-out players this year were not really at that level last year. “I’ve been better than them for the last 12 months, that’s how the ranking systems work”, he added.
From now until the rest of the season, he has a lot of points to defend.
Andy Murray insists he’s been the best player in the world over the last 12 months, despite John McEnroe describing him as a “distant fourth” in comparison to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Murray, meanwhile, has revealed he may only have another “couple of years” playing at the top of the sport. “I’m very proud of the Olympic medals, they mean a lot to me”, Murray said at Queen’s Club on Sunday.
“If that’s the case then what is the point in all of us being here at Queen’s today?”
Fortunately for Murray’s hopes of more silverware, he heads into the grass-court campaign back in form after his run to the French Open semi-finals ended a frustrating period marred by problems with injuries and illness. That being said, Nadal hasn’t looked this good in a long time, so I think it would be foolish to count him out.
Murray also stood by his recent claim that he may only have two or three more years left challenging for major honours, despite Federer winning the Australian Open aged 35 in January.
“So long as I’m fit and healthy and enjoying playing I’ll do it as long as I can”, Murray, who is making the final preparations for the defence of his Wimbledon title, told the Guardian newspaper.
Grigor Dimitrov, the 2014 Queen’s champion, is the only player other than Murray to have won the tournament in the last four years and the Bulgarian takes on Ryan Harrison of the United States in the first round.