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Murray: "I Need To Do A Lot Of Work"

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray is motivated to improve after losing to Stanislas Wawrinka Thursday.

World No. 2 Andy Murray admitted he needs to ‘iron out’ parts of his game on clay after winning just three games in his third-round defeat to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Thursday.

“I need to make sure I get good practice in, that's for sure, over the next two weeks,” said Murray. “I played a lot of matches this year, obviously just not on the clay… The issue is [there are] certain things I need to iron out in my game, things I need to work on. 

“No one wants to lose matches like [today's]. But hopefully I can use it as motivation to improve because I need to do a lot of work. Sometimes you can squeeze through matches and not necessarily play well, [but] you don't actually see what's gone wrong because you've won the matches, so you think it's okay. Obviously I'll need to work really hard over the next sort of two weeks to get myself ready for Madrid.” 

Murray has 26 tour-level titles to his name, but the Scot has not contested a final on the dirt. In 2012, Murray was unable to advance past the quarter-finals in the four clay-court events he played.  

“It does take me time to feel comfortable on the surface,” Murray said. “I need matches against top players to see what's going wrong and what's going right, things I need to work on to get better. Normally towards the end of the clay court season, I start to feel better with my game and I've had some good results, but at the start I have struggled a little bit.”

The 25 year old intends to remain in Monte-Carlo for a week of practice before continuing his training in London.

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