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WARRIOR Andy Murray will go down fighting in Tokyo but reckons one more Olympic medal would represent his ‘best achievement’ after a pep talk from his daughter.
And the tenacious Scot insisted the words from his eldest girl, aged five, encouraged him to make the 5,900-mile trip to the Far East.
Muzza, 34, is the defending two-time singles champion and has won three Slam titles, including two at Wimbledon.
Yet he has arrived in Tokyo on the back of two hip surgeries, aborted comebacks and concerns over his future.
“I’m aware that it’s not going to be easy. And I’m also in a slightly different position to what I was four or five years ago, when I would have been expected to get one.
“For me, it would be probably my best achievement if I could do that after everything that’s gone on the last few years.
“So I’m motivated for that reason alone. And I still believe that I can do that. I still believe that is possible.
“I want to go out there and leave everything out on the court, fight for every single point. Because you know ultimately that’s all you can do.
“You can never guarantee how you’re going to perform in matches but you can control your attitude, effort levels and how well you prepare and everything.
Murray will face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, the Wimbledon quarter-finalist, in the first round of the tennis singles.
The pair last met at the 2020 US Open where Murray was humbled in three sets and only won nine games.
This is a different chapter in his career and he has to accept that he cannot win every time he takes to the court.
Yet the father-of-four says that a frank discussion from one of his children inspired him to keep going.
Murray said: “With each major tournament that passes, I’m getting a lot of questions, and it’s always about my future and stuff.
“So naturally, when I haven’t performed as well as I would like to, you’re going to question things and doubt yourself a little bit.
“But actually when I got home, the day after my Wimbledon match, my daughter said to me: ‘Daddy, you’re home because you lost another tennis match?’
“And she said: ‘You try and try again?’ I was like: ‘Yeah, that’s what I want to do.’
“I want to keep playing because I enjoy it. I still think I can play at a good level, at a high level.
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“There have been difficult moments obviously in the last few months, in the last year and everything with the injuries and stuff.
“But right now, I guess this is the healthiest I’ve been for the longest period in the last year.
“I’ve got to practice way more than I had been in the build-up to the grass in Wimbledon and everything. So I’m getting better. And I’m improving. And hopefully that stays that way through to the end of the year.”
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