Andy Murray has optimistic goal after teaming up with new coach Esteban Carril

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Andy Murray is looking to add one of Johanna Konta’s former coaches to his team as his comeback gains momentum. Esteban Carril had been one of the candidates for Emma Raducanu’s new coach before she teamed up with Torben Beltz, but Murray is now hoping the Spaniard can help him get back to the top of the game.

Murray’s comeback from hip surgery has been relatively stop-start in recent years, as he has suffered with injuries, niggles and a bout of Covid.

His return has finally started to gain momentum in recent months, as he reached the third-round at Wimbledon and recently earned impressive wins over the likes of top ten player Hubert Hurkacz, dangerous young star Frances Tiafoe, and 18-year-old sensation Carlos Alcaraz.

The former world No 1 is now playing his final tournament of the 2021 season, where he is undergoing a trial period with Carril.

It comes after news that the Spanish coach, who took fellow Brit Johanna Konta to the world’s top ten and a maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the 2016 Australian Open, was also undergoing a trial period with Emma Raducanu last month.

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However, this week it was confirmed that the 18-year-old had appointed Torben Beltz, the man who led Angelique Kerber to world No 1 and two of her three Major titles, while Carril was working with Murray in Stockholm.

The three-time Grand Slam champion has now opened up on his lofty ambitions as he looks to appoint the Spanish coach on a full-time basis.

“It’s another person with a fresh set of eyes and with a good reputation and good experience. That’s why I wanted to try it out and see how it goes,” he said of his trial period with Carril, speaking in Stockholm.

“These last few years have been tough for me and my team. I think having a little bit of space and distance is important.”

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Murray faces world No 10 and the top seed in Stockholm, Jannik Sinner, in the second round on Wednesday (November 10).

It could end up being his final match of the season, as he praised the young Italian for his successful 2021 season.

The current world No 143 continued: “Sinner has had a fantastic season. He was very unlucky to not make the final eight in Turin.

“He loves playing indoors on hard courts so it will be a big test for me.”

Although the former world No 1 was aware of the challenge Sinner would prove, he also set his sights high to see more big results at tournaments in the latter years of his career as he switched things up in his coaching team.

“But I still believe I have some good tennis left in me and I want to try and have some more big tournaments,” Murray added.

The 34-year-old started his campaign off in Stockholm successfully on Tuesday (November 9), getting a straight-set win over qualifier Viktor Durasovic.

Murray got off to a flying start, clinching the first set 6-1, but the world No 354 proved more of a challenge in the second set, forcing a tiebreak before the Brit sealed a 6-1 7-6(7) victory.
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