US Open my best chance – Murray
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:08
Murray has climbed to fourth in the world rankings after winning five tournaments this season, including back-to-back Masters Series victories, as well as reaching the final of the US Open where he lost to Roger Federer.
And the Scot believes the list of impressive scalps he has captured this season is an indication he has the ability to claim one of the sport’s four most prestigious prizes. Asked if he felt he was ready to do so, Murray said: “I don’t think you ever know until you do it (but) my results would suggest that I am.”
He added: “I’ve played very well the last three or four months, making the final of the US Open. At Wimbledon I played pretty well and in the big tournaments since then. In the Masters series I’ve obviously performed well.
“I have to make sure I keep getting stronger physically and improve my game so if I do get in a situation where I’m in a Grand Slam final I’m better prepared.
“Realistically, the US Open is my best chance.”
Most of Murray’s success this year has come since suffering a disappointing quarter-final exit to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon and the Scot recently saw a 14-match winning streak ended by David Nalbandian in Paris.
Murray underlined his success in the second half of 2008 was mostly down to a punishing fitness regime he decided to undertake at the end of last year.
“I worked very hard on that in December last year,” he added.
“I think that’s why my results got better as this year went on. I didn’t only work on lifting weights, I also worked on my speed as well.”