Andy Murray will ask how much agony he can endure after the recent defeat

Andy Murray will ask how much agony he can endure after the recent defeat

Andy Murray Credit: PA Images

Andy Murray Credit: PA Images

In a place that will always hold a traumatic place in Andy Murray’s heart, doubts about why he is continuing the sport have resurfaced.

After beating Marius Copil in Washington four years ago, Murray came to the agonizing realization that his tennis history was over.

In the amazing Amazon documentary documenting his return from injury, Murray confirmed that the night in DC was the moment his will to continue was broken as he went back to his hotel room and recorded a video message leading to came to the conclusion: ‘It’s over for me’.

His tears on the pitch that night were agonizing to watch his army of fans around the world, but it seemed like the injuries had finally overwhelmed the former two-time Wimbledon champion.

Hip surgery and persistent comeback attempts were Murray’s story in the four years prior to his return to Washington in singles, but his recent loss to Sweden’s Mikael Ymer will once again put this tennis great in doubt.

Murray lost the first set after giving up points to win it, then stormed to victory in the second set before an unexpected collapse in the third to result in a 7-6 (8) 4-6 6-1 win for the ranked No. 115 in the current ATP ranking.

Murray insisted prior to that event that retirement is not an option he is currently considering, even after a disappointing second-round loss to American veteran John Isner at Wimbledon last month, followed by a loss to Alexander Bublik on his favourite Turf surface in Newport, Rhode Island.

“There are a lot of people who think maybe I shouldn’t play,” he told the Washington Post before returning to the US capital.

“But I love tennis and I love competing and I feel like I can do better than I do today. If I get to the point where I feel like I can’t improve or maybe things are going backwards, then maybe that would change my position.”

It was positive words from a champion unwilling to accept that his time at the top is over, but he cannot have enjoyed this latest humiliating experience against a player he would have dismissed with plenty of reserve during his days at the top of the game.

Ymer played some excellent points on a hot day in Washington but Murray lacked the firepower on his ground shots to land the 23-year-old and the Scot looked like a beaten man long before the final point was played in a one-sided decision set.

Seemingly cramped for long stretches in the game, Murray’s uneasiness on a pitch that has witnessed some of its most painful moments was for all to see.

He may now be relying on a wildcard to get into next week’s Canadian Masters, but these persistent setbacks for Murray must eventually sap his spirit and desire to keep fighting.

Nobody wants this legendary champion to furiously hit his last ball, but he can’t stand such torment much longer.

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