Andy Murray inspired by French Open semi-finalists ahead of Wimbledon

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is aiming for a strong performance at Wimbledon this year (Image: Getty)

Andy Murray says he was inspired by the performances of tennis veterans Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic at this year’s French Open.

On Friday, both Nadal (36) and Cilic (33) will be in the Roland Garros semi-finals after turning back the years by playing some of their best tennis matches.

Meanwhile, Murray is taking part in the Surbiton Trophy this week after deciding to skip the sand grand slam in preparation for Wimbledon, which begins on June 27.

The Scot, now ranked at No. 67 in the world, has struggled to make a name for himself on the Tour since having his hip replaced, but has faith in Nadal – who has had his own injury woes – and Cilic – who underwent it at the French Open the last four for the first time – have shown that there is a way back up.

The 35-year-old said: “I can take inspiration from these guys.

“I don’t know if it’s Rafa’s last run or not because he seems to be doing very well physically during the event so I’m hoping he can keep going for a while.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is aiming for a 14th French Open title at 36 (Image: Getty)

“Cilic too, he’s someone I grew up with at juniors and played with a lot. He just reached the French semifinals for the first time at the age of 33 and he’s playing really well.”

On Thursday in Surbiton, Murray advanced to the quarterfinals after securing a 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3) win over Dutchman Gijs Brouwer.

On Friday, he meets American Brandon Nakashima for a place in the last four in the Challenger event.

Marin Cilic reached the semifinals of the French Open for the first time aged 33 (Picture: Getty)

The three-time Grand Slam champion has not won a singles tournament on grass since winning Wimbledon in 2016 and is hoping he will serve well for the All England Club.

He added: “I’ve been training a lot, practicing a lot so I need the games now and hopefully I’ll get a few games to prepare for Wimbledon.”

Next week Murray will play at the Stuttgart Open before appearing at Queen’s Club later this month.

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