Sports Books Frown At Andy Murray Bows Out After Zverev Win
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Andy Murray seemed primed for a good showing at the Western and Southern Open following a win over Alexander Zverev. Unfortunately, he seemed to run out of gas in the last-16 round. Sports books frowned at the 33-year-old after he dropped a 6-2, 6-2 to Milos Raonic.
The win was a disappointing one for Murray who seemed primed to show everyone that he still has game. Unfortunately, Raonic would not cooperate since he too had something to prove considering he was on an eight-match losing streak. For Murray, questions are now in the air on what lies ahead for the Briton.
Sports Books Have Not Abandoned Murray Yet
Andy Murray was understandably high after winning over Zverev in the previous match. The three-time Grand Slam tournament winner mentioned that his desire and fight to take on the world’s best was still very much around.
Murray’s win over Zverev was also a meaningful one. The triumph was considered an upset but sweet in the sense that he endured injuries to get back on track. He had to battle through hip problems, something that almost knocked him out of tennis for good. He admitted in 2018 that with the pain he has been carrying, it felt like his tennis career was coming to an end.
“My body just doesn’t want to do it anymore, and my mind doesn’t want to push through the pain barrier anymore,” he said to the New York Times.
Never Giving Up
True enough, Murray went through a lot to get back on his feet. He admits that his path back to the sport was pretty frustrating, something that could be seen in practice matches. He was getting belted by the players he faced during practices. Regardless, he remained defiant believing that it was an entirely different game once they take the court.
“I was getting belted by everyone. Couldn’t win one! But practice doesn’t really matter. It’s what obviously you do on the match court,” Murray said.
Unfortunately, he faced someone who also had something to prove. Milos Raonic wanted to end a losing spell and it would not have come at a better time. He got his first win against Murray in more than six years to advance at the expense of the former World No. 1.
“I just really tried to do the things that I’m good at well, and that was really my intention,” Raonic said. “A lot of those things I did well today.”
As for Murray, working his way back to shape despite the adversity continues. He remains an underdog but it is pretty clear that he has not given up the fight.
“In the end, sport is about finding a way to win even when you are not playing your best, and I did that today,” he said. “That’s a good sign if you can beat someone ranked in the top 10 in the world not playing your best.”
For Raonic, the redemption run goes on. As to how far he can go remains anyone’s guess.