Murray upbeat despite defeat


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:39

Despite being favourite to reach Sunday’s final against Roger Federer, the world number three went down 6-4 4-6 7-6 (9/7) 7-6 (7/5) to his American opponent who produced one of the best performances of his life. Murray now has a break of five weeks until his next tournament and he is adamant he will have no problem getting over Friday’s loss.

“I’ll move on very, very quickly and go and work on my game and improve and come back stronger,” he said.

“That’s a pathetic attitude to have, if you lose one match and you go away and let it ruin your year.

“I’ve had a very good year so far. I’m very close to the top of the game. The US Open I’ve always said is my best surface, my best chance to win a slam, and I’ll give it my best shot there.”

The 22-year-old is defiant his grand slam prospects are better than ever.

Murray was playing in his first Wimbledon semi-final and hoping to reach his second grand slam final, after losing to Federer at the US Open last autumn, and he put a brave face on the defeat.

He continued: “The way that I played this year it was very, very close to getting to the final.

“If I give myself those sort of opportunities and keep playing well, and my consistency in the grand slams the last year or so has been much, much better – a final, a semi and a quarter – I’m going to give myself opportunities to do it.

“I believe I can win a grand slam, whether it’s Wimbledon or US Open or Australia or whatever, I’m going to give myself chances. I’ll come back next year and try to do better.”


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