Murray not feeling the pace


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:07

Britain’s number one came to the French capital on the back of title wins in Madrid and St Petersburg, and has already made it through to the third round at Bercy thanks to a 6-2 6-4 victory over Sam Querrey on Wednesday night.

“The only match that was over an hour and 15 minutes (in St Petersburg) was my quarter-final against Janko Tipsarevic so it’s not like these matches have been taking loads out of me,” he said.

“The semis and the final were so fast. So it’s more the continuous thing of having to play every single day and having a day of travel, and having just one day’s rest in between (tournaments).

“It’s not the matches that have been taking a whole lot out of me.”

The season is almost over for the Scot, who still has the Masters Cup in Shanghai to look forward to next month, but while some players are pining for their holidays, Murray is busy collecting trophies and winner’s pay cheques.

Murray’s reward for beating Querrey is a last-16 clash with Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, the 15th seed, on Court One on Thursday afternoon.

Murray holds the Indian sign over Verdasco, having beaten the 24-year-old on each of the four occasions they have met.

Their most recent match came last week, with Murray winning 6-0 6-3 in the semi-finals in St Petersburg.

He will take a 13-match winning streak into the encounter, having not lost since his US Open final defeat by Roger Federer in early September.


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.