Following Semi-Final Exit in Paris, Andy Murray Keen to Turn Attention to Grass

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After the unceremonious conclusion of Andy Murray‘s clay court season, the Scot is keen to turn his attention to grass, where he will be defending two titles within the next month.

The British No. 1 suffered a crushing loss to Rafael Nadal, who was playing some of his most inspired tennis in recent memory. Murray would lose the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, and was simply unable to match Rafa’s intensity point-for-point.

Now with the match firmly behind him, Murray is looking forward to focusing his attention on the upcoming tournaments on grass.

“I never want to say forget about matches like this, but obviously the grass-court season starts in a couple of days and I need to switch my mind to that,” said Murray. “It’s definitely the most time I have spent on court in a two-week span in the last six months since I came back. So in some ways that’s obviously a good thing; that I managed to get through some long matches.

“But there is still a lot of work for me to do on this surface in particular if I ever want to have a chance at winning this tournament. That’s obvious.”

While he ended his run in disappointing fashion, Murray is still pleased with his development after back surgery, particularly since he has now reached the semi-final round in both the Grand Slam tournaments so far this year.

“I’m glad I’m back playing to a level that was able to get me through to the last stage of slams,” continued the Scot, who missed the last three months of the 2013 season following surgery. “I just need that extra few per cent so that I can give myself a chance to try and win them again.

The Scot is the defending champion at the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club and then again at the Wimbledon Championships, where he became the first British male winner of The Championships in 77 years after defeating Novak Djokovic in the final.

“But the grass will obviously help me. It’s a surface I have always enjoyed playing on. I think it’s been my most successful surface over my career. I’m really looking forward to Wimbledon especially. It’s only two and a half weeks away, so I don’t have too long to wait.”

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