The organizers hold successive events in Cologne, and Murray attended the first. However, the former world number 1 was knocked out in the first round by Fernando Verdasco but the silver lining was that Murray would also appear in the second event.
The tables have turned and Murray has problems with his hip again. Stuart Fraser of Times Sport reported on the problem, saying:
“Andy Murray withdrew from the second event in Cologne next week because he had an“ inflammation of the left psoas ”, a problem he had after the US Open. Could play again in Paris before the end of the season but is not sure at the moment. “
This is disheartening news for tennis fans indeed. Just when Andy Murray seemed to be becoming a frequent competitor at ATP events, his physical fitness was holding him back.
Andy Murray believes Roger Federer will retire before him
If you turn back the years, the Federer-Murray rivalry was one of the best among men. Both are giants of the game and athletes who have put each other to the test. They have played against each other 25 times and Murray is behind his Swiss counterpart in terms of wins.
They share a mutual respect, however, and fans certainly miss seeing Roger Federer and Andy Murray compete on the pitch. In a recent interview with ‘The guardAndy Murray delved into the idea of retirement and made a common statement that often gets in his way.
Who will be the first to withdraw from the ‘Big 4’ in tennis from the 2010s? They are all in their thirties, and Federer is the oldest when he just turned 39 in August.
“I would say Federer. He is 39. But who knows? For example, if something happened to my hip, there is nothing I can do about it. ” Murray said when asked about retirement plans.
Well, you certainly can’t predict what the future holds for anyone. Andy Murray looked strong to play his second tournament in Cologne this year but unfortunate developments have put him off. Likewise, it is not really possible to predict who will be the first to withdraw from the “Big 4”.