Andy Murray predicts Rafael Nadal’s document of 13 French Open titles won’t ever be overwhelmed because the British former world primary appears to bounce again in Cologne this week from his personal Roland Garros disappointment. Murray, 33, the reigning Olympic champion, crashed out of final month’s French Open in straight units with a lop-sided first spherical defeat to Stan Wawrinka as he works his manner again from hip surgical procedure. On Sunday, the Scot watched in awe as Nadal, 34, demolished Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 within the closing at Roland Garros to win his thirteenth French Open title.
The Spaniard has additionally equalled the all-time document of 20 Grand Slam titles held by Roger Federer, who hailed Nadal’s victory as “certainly one of sport’s best achievements”.
Murray echoed the Swiss legend and doubts anybody will even get near Nadal’s document in Paris.
“It is a tremendous achievement. I do not suppose that what he has carried out at Roland Garros will ever be overwhelmed. I simply do not see it being topped,” Murray mentioned in Cologne.
“He’s one wanting successful the identical quantity of Grand Slams as (Pete) Sampras did simply at one event. It is unimaginable.
“I do not suppose it will be repeated and I do not suppose anybody might be shut.”
Murray reached the second spherical of the US Open in his first Slam since hip resurfacing surgical procedure and Roland Garros was his third event this yr after rehab.
Having wanted wildcards to play in Paris and Cologne, Murray hopes the back-to-back ATP indoor tournaments on the Rhine can assist enhance his present rating of 97th.
“It is going to be good to get a couple of matches in over these subsequent few weeks – I hope to carry out higher than I did in Paris,” mentioned the Scot.
“I need to win tournaments and transfer up the rankings.
“Bodily, my physique tends to really feel higher the extra I play.
“Hopefully, I’ll play rather a lot over the subsequent two weeks, carry out effectively and see the way it goes after that.”
On Tuesday, Murray predicts a “robust” begin in opposition to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco for the possibility to play world quantity seven Alexander Zverev within the second spherical.
“Whoever will get by will face Sascha (Zverev) and he’s clearly one of many prime gamers on the earth,” mentioned Murray.
The Scot says he has needed to adapt after hip surgical procedure.
“It has gone effectively at occasions and typically been a wrestle,” he admitted.
“I used to be instructed it will be an 18-month course of for my physique to get used to it.
“It adjustments the way in which your pelvis strikes and your physique wants to regulate.
“Hopefully with a couple of matches this autumn and a few good coaching, subsequent yr might be one.”
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