Flu, shin­gles, fever – I’m lucky, says Mur­ray

New Straits Times - - Sport - ANDY MUR­RAY

WORLD No 1 Andy Mur­ray said on Fri­day he con­sid­ered him­self lucky de­spite see­ing his sea­son tor­pe­doed by shin­gles, flu, an el­bow in­jury and now a pre-French Open fever.

Mur­ray, the 2016 run­ner-up at Roland Gar­ros to No­vak Djokovic, ad­mit­ted he had been sick since ar­riv­ing in the French cap­i­tal last Sun­day.

“I felt sick in the af­ter­noon and didn’t feel great on Mon­day but I feel bet­ter. Now it’s just a cough,” said the 30-year-old Bri­tish star who thinks he caught a bug train­ing in the wet and cold of Lon­don ear­lier this month.

Mur­ray’s poor form this year has, not sur­pris­ingly, re­flected his phys­i­cal tra­vails.

He suf­fered a shock fourth round de­feat to Mis­cha Zverev at the Aus­tralian Open.

On clay, he lost in the third round in Monte Carlo, made the semis in Barcelona, was a thir­dround loser in Madrid be­fore an open­ing de­feat in Rome to Fabio Fognini.

“It’s frus­trat­ing — it’s the third time I have been ill this year,” he ad­mit­ted.

How­ever, he said he was sur­prised that he hadn’t been laid low by sick­ness on many more occasions over his ca­reer.

“To be hon­est, it should hap­pen more re­ally. We are in the locker rooms with lots of play­ers, lots of sweat, lots of germs, you know, in air­planes all the time.

“I have been pretty lucky with that over the last cou­ple of years. I have not had too many bad ill­nesses. So maybe they have just come in a small space of

It’s frus­trat­ing — it’s the third time I have been ill this year.

time.”

Mur­ray has been drawn to face 2015 cham­pion Stan Wawrinka in the last four at this year’s Roland Gar­ros. He starts against Rus­sia’s World No 85 An­drey Kuznetsov and could face dan­ger­ous Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.

In­jury-plagued del Potro, who lost to Mur­ray in the 2016 Olympics fi­nal, is play­ing Roland Gar­ros for the first time since 2012 when he made the quar­ter­fi­nals. AFP

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