By India Today Sports Desk: Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has said that it’s always tough playing youngsters at this stage of his career. Murray is set to lock horns with France’s Arthur Cazaux in the final of the Nottingham Open.
Speaking ahead of his final, the 36-year-old said he is focused on winning the ATP event, adding that his opponent is a top, young French player. Murray defeated Nuno Borges of Portugal 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Nottingham Open.
“Obviously you come here to enjoy the tennis, but ultimately you want to win the event. It’s brilliant that I get the opportunity to try and do that. I practiced with him [Cazaux] a few weeks ago in Aix-en Provence, he’s a top young French player. It will be a good one,” Murray said.
He went on to say that he’s been playing with a lot of young players, adding that it’s always tough facing them. Murray won the Surbiton Trophy last weekend, which was his first title on home soil since 2016.
“I’ve played a lot of youngsters recently and it’s always tough to play against them. When I was that age coming up and you’re playing against more experienced players, you’ve watched them playing on the TV and you know their games a little bit,” Murray added.
Murray said he got to practice with Cazaux a few weeks ago, so hopefully the matchup won’t present too many surprises.
“Some of the young guys who have just come out of juniors, it’s my first time seeing them and it’s tricky. But we did get to practice together a few weeks ago, so hopefully not too many surprises.
Murray has not dropped a set through the course of his Nottingham Open run, defeating Joris De Loore in the round of 32, Hugo Grenier in the last-16, Dominic Stephan Stricker in the quarter-finals, and Borges in the semi-finals to book a spot in the final.