In today’s tennis game, longevity can get you places—just ask John Isner. If you don’t have it, you will lose and while there are some players who can get it done in the first three sets, not always being prepared to go five straight can destroy you.
Murray has that longevity, there’s no question about that anymore. He has the abilities to keep up with those three for long grueling matches. His recent loss to Djokovic lasted five hours and it was every bit as intense in the last game as it was in the first, so it’s showed he’s improved fitness-wise. The problem is he’s lacking in other areas.
He’s not supremely athletic like Djokovic and Nadal, nor is he super finessed like Federer. Instead he tends to just rely on his natural skills and abilities, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it won’t help him win a major.
Djokovic found a way to reach new athletic heights last year that had many people talking. A player many considered weak compared to the buff and speedy Nadal is now able to best the Spaniard in tough athletic matchups.
That’s something even Federer hasn’t been able to do. Djokovic clearly wasn’t always like this, but he hasn’t made it a secret either about how he got to this point. Diet changes, new workout routines and a new focus has helped him, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t help Murray as well.
He recently committed to a new fitness routine, so in time, he may go the same route as Novak.