Murray aims to be the king of Queen's after skipping test of endurance
Andy Murray sat glued to Friday's epic encounter between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the French Open and took its physical nature as a reminder of why he was right to skip Roland Garros and focus on next week's Aegon Championships at The Queen's Club.
'It was a hard decision but that sort of match is the reason why I wouldn't be playing there,' he said last night.
'I wouldn't have been able to compete at that level. It was tough because I play well at Grand Slams and it's not often you get to compete to reach four finals in a row, which was a goal of mine, but my back just wasn't good enough.'
The more encouraging upshot is that Murray is raring to go on grass, having secured two weeks of extra preparation, even though he describes the period as 'not having been much fun'.
'Once I was able to get back on court again and in the gym I've been doing three and half to four hours' worth of rehab every single day. That was the priority. I've watched a lot of tennis and some boxing as well.
'When you miss a Slam, that's really hard and sometimes it takes having something taken away from you to realise how much you love it.
'I've realised I want to be back out on these courts and that's why I've done everything to get ready for Queen's and I can't wait to get back on the match court.
'I did a training block after Monte Carlo so hopefully there's something of that in there and it's just matches that I need now. I won't be match tight but at least I feel I have done enough training.'
Murray will be joined at Queen's by Jo Wilfried Tsonga, defending champion Marin Cilic, four-times winner Lleyton Hewitt, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2337646/Andy-Murray-aims-king-Queens-skipping-test-endurance.html?ito=feeds-newsxml