May 3, 2022
Andy Murray showed typical compassion and encouragement after defeating Dominic Thiem in Madrid.
‘Good to have you back! Keep going. It takes time but you’ll be back!’
These were Murray’s words at the net after one hour and forty-two minutes of scintillating action.
The genial Brit speaks from experience of course. And he really is back in style now.
Andy came through 6-3, 6-4 to notch his first victory on clay since 2017.
Andy Murray only chose to play on clay in order to stay match-fit for Wimbledon 2022.
Victory against Thiem was probably beyond his wildest dreams.
But the Scot’s serve was impressive and his drop shots increased his sense of control
The Austrian’s forehand let him down badly but there were flashes of magic.
The backhand winner down the line to hold serve in the first set was particularly memorable.
He couldn’t resist Andy’s nagging pressure indefinitely, though.
Thiem simply didn’t put the right number of revolutions on that forehand to remain truly competitive.
His wrist injury may be a thing of the past. Subconsciously, however, he is still playing too safely in terms of sparing that wrist as he executes his trademark shot.
Ironically, Dominic usually hit too long against Andy as a result. Murray was probably right, though. Thiem will return to his best before very long.
And no one knows better than Andy how to battle back and recapture his best. Now he is hitting peak form with perfect timing – and that means he should thrive at Wimbledon 2022.
Murray said: ‘I had hardly played on clay for the last five years. But I did four weeks of training before coming here and I played well.
‘I thought Dominic was playing well at times. But he has just started playing again so he was making a few more mistakes than usual.
‘I was happy with how I played and I moved particularly well .’
Andy Murray will feel his serve and movement sets him up nicely for Wimbledon 2022!
He is growing fitter and stronger all the time.
What can he achieve at Wimbledon? Murray is still dreaming of one last title run!
Will you be there for the biggest tournament of them all?
Just imagine it. Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu in scintillating form and going deep in a unique atmosphere.
Remember, Hollywood celebrities and British royals often attend this extraordinary event.
And 2022 is Centre Court’s historic Centenary Year!
We can’t wait to be there and we do hope you can join us.