Andy Murray looking on

‘I need to improve my serving:’ Andy Murray in analytical mood in Antwerp

Andy Murray says that he needs to work on his serve and improving it is now the key to giving himself further chances to improve.

Murray beat Romanian Marius Copil in the European Open quarter-finals on Friday, then overcame Stan Wawrinka in a emotional 3 set battle in the final yesterday, although he failed to serve out the match when 5-3 up in the second set against Copil.

Instead, he required a deciding set, which is not ideal for a player struggling to regain fitness, before eventually coming out on top.

And, that, he says, has left him in no doubt about the area in which he needs to improve.

“Things obviously are going in the right direction and I feel like I’m hitting the ball better from the back of the court,” Andy Murray told the ATP after his win in Antwerp.

“I just need to improve the serving, and if I do that then I’ll give myself a lot of chances in matches.”

Murray made 56% of his first serves against Wawrinka in the final

Murray admits that the quite unique nature of tennis makes for a more challenging path to fitness than he’d like.

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“It’s just difficult [in] tennis, because you don’t get the opportunity to just come in and play one set like you might in other sports and build up your fitness by playing a little bit longer each time,” Murray added.

“You need to get it through playing matches and maybe at that stage I just wasn’t quite ready physically for long matches.

“But now obviously my body’s getting a little bit more used to it and coping fairly well.”

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