Andy Murray hopes to return to Wimbledon next year despite his early loss to John Isner on Wednesday. The two-time winner, 35, couldn’t break the American’s serve and lost 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (3/7), and 6-4. The British great won his home Grand Slam in 2013 and 2016; his earliest exits were in 2005 and 2021.
The 52nd-ranked Scot stated he wasn’t retiring and was in better form than last year.
“My game was better” “Physically, I felt terrific, save for 10 days post-Stuttgart, which was disappointing.
“I could’ve won. Avoiding elite players and hazardous people early in tournaments is one way to improve your rating and get seeded.
Murray’s ambitions rely on his health.
Murray underwent two hip procedures in recent years due to problems.
If he’s physically fit, he’ll play. “It’s not simple to maintain my body in top shape for top-level competition.”
The former world number one was losing in straight sets against Isner, but he won the third-set tie-break and celebrated loudly in front of his supporters.
The 20th seed broke him in the fifth game of the fourth set, giving him an uphill battle.
Isner, 37, won for the first time in nine encounters between the two.
The semifinalist in 2018 hit 36 aces and 82 wins.
Isner, magnanimous in victory, observed, “I’m no Andy Murray.” “I may have outperformed him today.”