Andy Murray will leave a final decision on whether he competes in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia until Tuesday evening as he combats the effects of a fortnight that he could not have believed possible in his wildest dreams.
The world number three has won his first two clay court tournaments in succession, playing a total of eight matches and his victories in the semi-final and final of Madrid last week against Kei Nishikori and Rafael Nadal were the best of his career on the surface according to the man himself.
“I am practising this afternoon and will decide this evening,” he said on Tuesday lunchtime. “It has been a long couple of weeks but I wanted to see how my legs felt. I feel alright, I don’t feel too tired and will do some more work this afternoon and will see how how I’ve recovered.
“I think I played the best clay court matches in my career in the semi-finals and finals of Madrid.
“With the way Madrid started, I did not feel much pressure or have high expectations. The altitude probably helped me a bit on the clay as well but it will be nice to get some matches at sea level.
“I made my schedule based on my performances on clay in the past couple of years and I’ve never played that well. I never expected to play eight matches in ten days.
“And every match last week in Madrid was late in the evening. It’s about what is doing what is right for big events with Roland Garros coming up.
“It’s very difficult to play your best every week if you are winning. It’s not just this tournament that’s been hit. It’s about making the best decision.”