Past-it Murray is a fighter, but there’s one good reason he ...

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Past-it Murray is a fighter, but there’s one good reason he might bow out

Even his fall at Roland Garros won’t dent his spirit, but there’s surely a moment when pros know it is all over

Jim White

Memories are short in tennis. Less than a month ago, Andy Murray was being hailed as a medical marvel as he produced an epic comeback against Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the US Open.

After more than four and a half hours of gruelling combat - two sets down and later saving a match point in the fourth set - his battling instincts turned the result around. Never mind that age and physiology were conspiring against him, never mind that his medical bills to rebuild his shattered limbs would make a significant dent in the national debt, here was demonstration that, in a great sportsman, determination and resolve are the last things to fade. This was an exhibition of proper character.

Four weeks later, after suffering his worst grand slam defeat in the first round of the French Open, former world No 1 Mats Wilander, commentating on Eurosport, told him this too was a test of character; it was high time Murray recognised he was past it and took himself off to comfortable retirement. The former champion is, according to Wilander, merely kidding us all that he can still be a contender...

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