Tennis-Andy Murray: I’m heading in right direction for French Open despite Tomas Berdych defeat
.Tomas Berdych (right) sealed victory over Andy Murray at the Madrid Masters.
Andy Murray has claimed he is on the right track ahead of the year’s second Grand Slam, the French Open, this season despite suffering defeat to Tomas Berdych at the Madrid Masters.
The Scot suffered a 7-6 6-4 defeat to Czech star Berdych – who has now beaten the US Open champion on all three occasions they have played on clay.
But Murray, who hopes to improve his patchy record in Paris when the tournament starts on May 26th, believes how competitive he was in his latest outing shows he is improving.
‘This week was better than Monte Carlo, so it’s going in the right direction,’ said Murray, who was left downbeat after a heavy third-round defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka – 6-1 6-2.
‘Tomas is a very good clay court player, and it was a close match. I had my chances.’
On his overall game, Murray believes he could still be in with a chance at Roland Garros – where he has only once made the semi-finals in six attempts (2011, where he lost to Rafael Nadal in three sets).
‘I think I’m playing okay. Some things I would like to do better, but I did play very well in practice in the build-up to this tournament,’ he explained.
‘I played a lot of sets with a lot of tough players and I played very well.’