Murray sets Open target


Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:00

Melbourne Park has been the least successful of grand slam venues for Murray who reached the 2008 US Open final, was a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year while he has also reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

Last year Murray equalled his best Australian Open performance when he lost to Fernando Verdasco in a gripping fourth-round tie.

He said: “Against Verdasco I had a lot of chances to win and didn’t take them.

“I feel like I learned a lot from what happened last year and I’ll try and play better and go deeper in the tournament than I have in previous years – that’s getting past the fourth round.

“That will be my first goal.”

Following draw the focus has been on a potential match up between Murray and reigning champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

But given his record at the tournament, Murray admitted such a meeting was far from his mind.

“It makes no difference unless I get to the quarters, so I’ll try and take care of the results before then,” he said.

“If I have to play Rafa then it’s obviously a very, very tough match, but one I feel I could win.”


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