‘Struggling’ Andy Murray Hoping For A French Open Revival
Andy Murray believes he still has a chance to win the French Open despite his recent decline in form.
The world No.1 has struggled on the clay this season, failing to reach the final at four consecutive tournaments. At this week’s Italian open, which Murray won last year, he crashed out in the second round to an inspired Fabio Fognini. Throughout the match, the Brit struggled with his movement on the surface as Fognini took advantage with an array of drop-shots.
“I’m sure there were a lot of things I could have done better.” A disappointed Murray said following his loss.
Murray has now only won four out of seven matches played on the clay this season. A stark contrast to the same time last year, when he won seven out of nine matches. His best performance was in the Barcelona Open, where the Brit progressed to the semifinals before falling to Dominic Thiem. Last week, he was knocked out in the third round of the Madrid Open by Borna Coric.
“I felt like after Barcelona I would start to play better, and the last two weeks have certainly not been as good as Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Even the match I lost in Monte-Carlo I did actually feel like I played some good tennis.” He evaluated.
“The last couple of weeks has definitely been a struggle and a long way from where I’d like to be.”
Trying to pinpoint the reason before his lacklustre performance, Murray admitted that his movement ‘has not been good.’ A topic he didn’t elaborate on.
French Open crises
The lull occurs less than two week’s before the start of the French Open. Murray will be the top seed in the tournament, which he reached the final at last year. Seeking an urgent improvement, the Brit will be reunited with Ivan Lendl next week. The two will travel together to Paris for training.
Murray’s odds of winning a maiden French Open title appears dim with Rafael Nadal exerting his dominance of the clay this year. Still, the Brit is not giving up hope of winning a maiden title at Roland Garros. A milestone that hasn’t been achieved by a British man since 1935.
“I know a lot of people think I have got no chance of doing anything at the French after the last couple of weeks, but I do think I can.” He said.
“It’s certainly not going to be easy. I’m going to have to work hard these next ten days and really prepare very well.
“It’s going to be tough, but I do think I can still do well there.”
Over the last two years, Murray has reached five ATP finals on the clay, winning three titles. This time round, things are different. There is a sense of apprehensive surrounding the 29-year-old. A feeling he voiced on Tuesday evening when asked about Maria Sharapova’s French Open wildcard snub.
“I have spoken about this every week for 15 months. It’s killing me. I’ve got no interest in discussing it anymore.” He said. “I’m having struggles of my own.”
The French Open will begin a week Monday. Murray has reached the last four or better in the tournament every year since 2014.