AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Murray Close To Return To Top Form
by ATP Staff|
Andy Murray believes his best tennis isn’t far away.
Although disappointed at his loss to Roger Federer in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Wednesday night, the Scot was able to take the positives from how quickly he had returned to a high level of play, having only returned from back surgery at the start of the season.
The Scot’s record-breaking 2013 campaign was brought to a premature close in September, when he underwent the surgery following Davis Cup. He returned with a second-round exit at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, where he fell to the in-form Florian Mayer, and advanced to the last eight in Melbourne for the loss of just one set.
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“I've come a long way in four months,” said Murray. “Obviously right now I'm very disappointed. There's maybe some things I would have done a bit differently if I was ever to have surgery again. But it's the first time I ever went through something like that. I thought I did a good job getting myself in good shape to be competitive at this level. I wasn't too far away in the end.
“I got myself in good shape to play in this event. I was able to push very hard for three and a half hours. It was a very high quality, high intensity match. Obviously Roger plays a pretty high tempo, so the points are fairly quick fire. The ball's coming at you quickly. I dealt with that fairly well. So you never know. With a few things that you can tweak here and there, maybe you could have found a few extra per cent.”
Murray is next set to lead Great Britain in its Davis Cup World Group clash with the U.S.A. on clay in California next weekend before competing at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco at the end of February.
“I don't know how many players have come back from surgery and won the first Grand Slam back in their second tournament,” said the Dunblane native. “[It was] very unlikely to happen. I just need to use this as a steppingstone to getting better and be happy that I've got through five matches. The last two were particularly tough. I'm playing at a decent level fairly quickly again. Hopefully I'll be back playing my best tennis soon.”
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