London - Andy Murray
should focus on regaining full fitness rather than rushing to be ready for the
US Open, Boris Becker said on Wednesday after the world No 1 was beaten in the
Wimbledon quarterfinals by Sam Querrey.
Murray's hopes of becoming the first Briton to retain a
grand slam title since Fred Perry in 1936 were shredded as he hobbled
helplessly to a 3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 defeat.
While Murray said his hip injury was not to blame for his
exit, three-time Wimbledon champion Becker told the BBC the Briton's movement
was clearly affected.
"He has got to think long term, not worry about making
the US Open - if he is moving there like he did at Wimbledon, then he won't win
it anyway," the German said.
"His ranking should not be a concern either. Again, he
will not defend it if he is not healthy, so he should just forget it. He has
been there and done it and he does not have to prove anything anymore that he
is good enough to be number one."
Becker said he understood why Murray would have played at
Wimbledon even if he was not 100 percent fit.
"I understand why Andy played Wimbledon, because it is
his number one tournament every year, and he was also the defending champion.
He was desperate to make it work," added Becker, who won six grand slam
"I was always the same. In hindsight, I should not have
played some of my matches but, in the heat of the moment, I always wanted to
play the next round or the next event... But you run the risk of doing yourself
more serious damage if you play on.
Becker said Murray should take some time to evaluate his
"Andy is now at the point where he needs to be really
honest with himself because if he can't run, he can't play.
"I credit him for not wanting to use the hip injury as
an excuse for his defeat but he needs to get a couple of opinions from doctors
before he thinks about coming back."
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