Andy Murray is a perfectionist but his Wimbledon decision may be flawed | Kevin Mitchell

Will to win rather than injury fears led to the withdrawal – yet competing with no expectations could have proved fruitful

The supreme micro-analyst of tennis, Andy Murray did not go lightly from Wimbledon. He checked every statistic, talked at length with his team and his medical advisors and concluded that, on balance, he could not do himself justice in a long match and nor did he think he could win the title for a third time.

But, for all his forensic analysis, Murray has missed a golden opportunity in the fading of his days at the very highest level to see whether or not he still had what it takes on the surface that has been most kind to him for 13 years.

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