Revenge not motivating factor for Murray


Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:03

Cilic dished out one of Murray’s most embarrassing defeats of recent times when the 21-year-old Croatian dumped him out of last year’s US Open in straight sets.

“Everyone talks about that a lot, about revenge,” said Murray. “But you just go out there and every day’s a different day in tennis. I think that I can win the match regardless of what happened at the US Open, if I play well, focus hard and concentrate, then there’s no reason why I can’t beat him again.”

He added: “I was obviously disappointed about what happened at the US Open.

“I was feeling good going into it. It wasn’t the way I would have liked to have lost.”

There is a blossoming rivalry between the young duo that began as juniors at the 2005 French Open when Cilic upset Murray who was the number one seed.

Murray has, however, had the better of their matches since they became seniors with the Scot wining on three occasions before his US Open humbling.

The pair will resume their rivalry when they meet under the lights of Rod Laver Arena and Murray believes little should be read into their last result at Flushing Meadows, hinting his wrist complaint had hindered his performance.

“You can read into it as much as you like. I know what the circumstances were,” he said.

“Obviously I didn’t have my best day. I played him quite a few times on the tour and had good results against him, except there. I’ll try and play like I did against Rafa. If I do that, I’ve got a good chance of winning.”


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