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end of the road? Andy Murray hints he may make a decision on his future soon after Wimbledon drubbing

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 Andy Murray leaves court after losing his third round match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Andy Murray leaves court after losing his third round match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Andy Murray leaves court after losing his third round match against Canada's Denis Shapovalov. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Andy Murray has admitted he may soon be forced to call time on his tennis career after what may have been his last appearance on Wimbledon's Centre Court ended with a crushing defeat against Denis Shapovalov.

After planting himself back in the heart of the tennis debate with stunning wins in the opening two rounds of Wimbledon, world No 12 Shapovalov haf too much firepower for Murray on a night when he contributed to his own downfall with a subdued performance that highlighted how far he will need to go if he is to revive his true glory days.

There was rarely any doubt about the winner of this match, with the margin of Shapovalov’s 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win adding to the air of disappointment for those watching a match that felt as if it was over long before the roof was pulled over Centre Court to ensure the match could be finished.

It didn't take long for Shapovalov to finish off an outclassed Murray, who admitted in his press conference that his time in tennis may soon be up.

“It was great playing in front of the crowds again. I got amazing support here. I’m very thankful for that. Something I have missed. It kind of reminds you why you do all of the work and everything.

“But then, on the flip side of that, the positive part is getting through the matches and feeling OK physically and not getting injured.

“That’s good but then there is a part of me that feels a bit like I have put in so much work the last three months and ultimately didn’t play how I would want and expect, and it’s like, is it worth it?

“Is all of that training and everything that you’re doing in the gym, unless you’re able to practise and improve your game and get matches and get a run of tournaments, is it worth all of the work that you’re doing?

“There is part of me that feels like, yes, it is, because I had great memories and stuff from this event and playing in some brilliant atmospheres. But I finished the match tonight and I’m saying to my team, ‘I’m just not happy with how I played’.

“So, unless me and my team can find a way of keeping me on the court for a consistent period of time and allow me to practise the way that I need to to compete with these guys, that’s when the discussions about what I do next will come in.

“Because I have genuinely put a lot into this to get to this point, but I’m not being able to practise and prepare how I need to to perform how I would like at these events.

“I’m not expecting and saying I would beat Denis Shapovalov. He’s a brilliant player. But I feel like I can do a lot better than what I did this evening.”

Murray will now play in the Olympics and unless he feels he is getting back to somewhere near his best soon, it seems his long battles with injury will soon bring an end to his glorious tennis career.

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