Doubters fuelling Murray return

02 March 2021 22:41:19 GMTPlus10

Andy Murray says he is motivated by those doubting him following his three-set triumph over Robin Haase in Rotterdam.

The three-time Grand Slam champion was on the brink of another early tournament exit but he came from 0-3 down in the final set to prevail 2-6 7-6 6-3 against Dutch world number 193 Haase.

It's a big challenge for me just now and one that I'll meet head on.

Andy Murray

Monday's contest lasted just over two-and-half-hours and it was his first win on the ATP Tour since August.

Murray has won Wimbledon twice and the US Open once but on the back of two hip operations, the former world number one has dropped to 123 in the world rankings.

The 33-year-old, who has made 11 Grand Slam final appearances and has won 46 career titles, last lifted silverware in Antwerp two years ago and says he is working hard in hope of returning to that level.

Speaking on-court after his win over Haase, Murray said: "It's not easy. Every time I lose a match, I'm getting told to retire, that I should stop playing, that I'm finished, I've got nothing left and whatever and it's sad and all of these things.

"I feel like I'm playing for my career just now each time I step on the court, which is a motivation in some ways but it also adds a bit of extra stress."

He added: "It's a big challenge for me just now and one that I'll meet head on."

Murray will meet the winner of Marcos Giron and Andrey Rublev in the last 16.

The Brit is 26.00 for a third SW19 crown at the 2021 Wimbledon and 34.00 to triumph at the 2021 US Open.

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