Andy Murray urges training consistency as Emma Raducanu considers workout options


“At the start of the year I was 135 in the world, and now I’m ranked in my 40s,” the 35-year-old said.

“So there has been progress this year, like in terms of my tennis, and physically. But obviously the results are not what I expect or want from myself.

“My reference to what a good year looks like is quite different for a lot of players,” Murray added. “I was world No. 1. So I would always consider that what success is – being at the top of the game.

“There have been things over the past few weeks that – certainly with my serve, there have been big improvements there.

“But the return of the first serve is something that, compared to where I was four or five years ago, there has been a big drop.

“And then there’s also some deep-court stuff, which has been, like, nowhere near good enough. But I actually feel pretty fresh mentally, maybe because of the mid-year break or whatever.

“I feel very excited about the offseason and getting to work.”

Murray is accompanied in Paris by a strong British contingent which also includes Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans and Jack Draper. It is the first time since the introduction of the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments 32 years ago that four Britons have gained direct entry to an event through their world rankings.

Meanwhile, world number 4 Daniil Medvedev won his second ATP title of the season, the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

Medvedev beat Denis Shapovalov 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, his greater depth and precision in the second and third sets proving decisive.

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