Murray sees reason to smile again

Updated: 14 April 2011 14:57 IST

Andy Murray felt he had taken an important step to getting his season back on track as he ended a four-match, two-month losing streak with a welcome victory on Wednesday in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Murray sees reason to smile again

Monte Carlo:

Andy Murray felt he had taken an important step to getting his season back on track as he ended a four-match, two-month losing streak with a welcome victory on Wednesday in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The 23-year-old third seed overwhelmed veteran Czech Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-4 and suddenly felt a lot better about his tennis.

"I'm going to try and keep that up. The more matches I play, the better my rhythm is going to get," said the Scot, who next faces classy Frenchman Gilles Simon.

"I'm sure I can go far in the big tournaments."

Despite a reputation as a hardcourt player, Murray - who finessed his tennis as a teenager in Barcelona on clay - says he's a big fan of the dirt.

"I like clay, I play well on clay. I think I can have good results on it if I play like I did today at the start," he said.

"It got a little bit close at the end. I was up 6-1, 4-2, 30-Love against a guy who is a very tough clay court player, so I think I can play well on the surface, very well."

Murray put his late wobble, when 32-year-old Stepanek began a short-lived fightback, down to a lack of recent play.

"It's not a lack of confidence; it's lack of not playing matches.

"Once you get used to playing a lot of matches, closing out matches becomes kind of second nature. I've played three, four matches since Australia in two months.

"Maybe you overthink things a little bit. But I went for it and hit the ball really clean. I wasn't missing and moved really well. I'm really happy."

Topics : Tennis Rohan Bopanna Roger Federer Rafael Nadal Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Andy Murray
Related Articles
All Top Stars Confirmed For Australian Open
All Top Stars Confirmed For Australian Open
Boris Becker Criticises Novak Djokovic Following Split
Boris Becker Criticises Novak Djokovic Following Split
Somdev Devvarman Backs Indian Davis Cup Captain Anand Amritraj
Somdev Devvarman Backs Indian Davis Cup Captain Anand Amritraj
Show Comments
Advertisement