Before his first round-doubles match with the 2016 champion Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Wimbledon, Andy Murray admitted that he hardly saw the sport after his recovery from right court surgery in January.
"I haven't really seen any tennis in the past 12 months. Since the operation I had in January, I literally didn't do anything," Murray said. "When you are near the event and things, there are battles in the double. I would not sit from the first point of a match and see a best-of-five set match because it can be four hours of the day. I am here to do things. I want to be with my family and things. I want to see bits and pieces of it. "
But Murray lacked to study from the sidelines did not hurt the former world no. 1
Despite this success in his comeback event, Murray's expectations have not changed. The 32-year-old, who fell in the first round to potential champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in Eastbourne (w / Melo), is happy to be back on track; a place where his competitive instincts are as strong as ever.
Murray Brothers could meet in the Wimbledon Doubles third round
"[My expectations] hasn't changed right. I think it's probably one of the things I will try to secure, not change over the next few years. I think that Many things come from other people, I'm just happy to play tennis again, "Murray said. "I want to do well when I get to court. I play to win. I'm really competitive.
" But … I didn't know four or five weeks ago if I even wanted to play on the grass. Don't expect too much. But when I go to court, I'll be out there trying to win every game I play. "
When the double-drawing was made at The All England Club, British fans were waiting a lot to see where Andy and brother Jamie Murray were going to land. Siblings could meet in the third round with Andy and Herbert taking Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert in their opening game.
"Although [we] was separated at opposite ends of moves, people would talk about us playing in the final. We must win matches first, "Says Murray." If we get through our first round, we have to meet the sixth seeds in the second round. If we play each other, it would be difficult in some respects. You are competing against your brother [at the] largest tennis event in the world.
"At the same time, I'd rather be on the same side of the net with him. But it's c ool if we got the chance that we would do it on the biggest scene in our sport, which would also be great. We want to see If we get there. "
Jamie and his partner, Neal Skupski, face a fierce opener against Turkish Airlines Open Antalya finalists Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek. With Andy and Herbert facing a potential meeting against sixth seed Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor in the second round, there is no guarantee that a Murray showdown will take place on The All England Clubs grass.
But if they collide, it will be a special moment for their family. After all, the Murray brothers, born less than two years apart, were once boys growing up in Scotland, striving to make their dreams come true.
"Just grow up with a brother literally 15 months apart, we did all sports together, all games together from when we were kids. I think tennis wise, in central Scotland, there aren't many top tennis players [where] We grew up, so having Jamie play against and compete against until we were 14, 15 was of course a great help, "Murray said.
"But I just think the biggest thing for us as the kind of athletes is that we didn't just play tennis. We did everything, whether it was golf, gymnastics, squash, table tennis, swimming. We did all sports with one another at a young age and enjoyed doing it. "
Another unique aspect of Murray's return to the dual court is the change in pre-event preparation, with new practice exercises focused on improving his dual play.
"I like to do all the double drills … You have to be very explosive over a few steps to make you fast to the net. Are very fast and sharp I find some of the sessions quite tiring, but the points don't play so much, "said Murray." It has been good for me. It's definitely different from what I've been used to. I've seen it. It's been fun. "
Then Murray decided to participate in double draw at SW19, would list the players offering their services full of talent. But Brit has found an experienced partner in Herbert who has triumphed on each of the four major tournaments. The reigning Austalian open champion (w / Mahut) owns a 10-3 record in wimbledon doubles meetings and has raised a grand slam trophy for four of the last five years.
"He's very laid back, [easy-going] guy. Good person. Always very polite. He's always been real, really kind, not just this week, but before," said Murray. "He plays a game that I would say is quite suitable for fast courts. Not that the courts here are not particularly fast right now. Hopefully they will speed up a bit as the event continues. He plays server-volley tennis, returns well "He's a good athlete. Hopefully we can have a good run together."