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Murray Vows To Work Harder To Say Ahead Of Young Guns

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray was left frustrated by his unforced error count against Grigor Dimitrov.

Andy Murray’s reaction to his Wimbledon quarter-final loss was simple: go away and work harder. The Scot freely admitted he was outplayed by Grigor Dimitrov as his reign at The Championships came to an end, and reflected improvements are necessary if he is to stay ahead of the chasing pack of ATP World Tour young guns.

Dimitrov’s win will take him into the Top 10, while in the bottom half of the draw, one of Milos Raonic and teenager Nick Kyrgios will reach their first Grand Slam semi-final. With Kei Nishikori cracking the Top 10 in May, 2014 has been a breakthrough season for many of the ATP World Tour’s brightest talents.

“Everyone's starting to get better,” said Murray. “The younger guys are now obviously becoming more mature and improving all the time. 

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“If I'm going to play better tennis than I am just now, the only way to do that is by working even harder than I have before. Getting in the gym, getting stronger, becoming physically better. Now we'll see whether I can come back stronger and come back better. No one knows, but I'm going to try.

“When I stop thinking I have a chance of winning these tournaments I'll stop playing tennis,” continued the Scot. “This is what I play for. I love these events.  I've had a lot of hard losses in them in my career, but also with some big highs, as well. This is obviously one of the hard ones. But I need to gain some motivation from it.”

Murray was limited to just one backhand winner from the baseline by Dimitrov, who spied Murray was off his game in the match warm-up and seized his opportunity. It was a frustrating afternoon for Murray, who had powered through to his seventh successive Wimbledon quarter-final without dropping a set. Against Dimitrov, he committed 37 unforced errors, more than double his opponent’s count.

“I started the tournament well,” said Murray. “I was playing good tennis. Today was a bad day from my side. I made many mistakes, unforced errors, and then started going for too much and taking chances that weren't really there. He was the better player from start to finish.

“I should have done a better job at the beginning of the match of making it tougher for him, and I didn't manage to do that. Also, when I got back into the second set, the end of the set that was my opportunity there. He'd been up a break and I'd come back. Momentum was starting to shift a little bit. Couldn't quite do it. The frustrating thing for me was the amount of mistakes I made today. Even when I wanted to get into longer rallies I was missing shots. I was unable to make him work as hard as I needed to, to get back into the match.”

Murray had worked during the grass-court season with new coach Amelie Mauresmo. Despite his disappointment at The Championships, the Scot revealed he hoped to continue with for former WTA star, who won the Wimbledon title in 2006.

“I've really enjoyed the last couple of weeks,” stated Murray. “I've found it good fun. I found it calming. Tactically, I feel like the chats have been good. Also the direction that I would like my tennis to go in. So I hope so, but we'll need to sit down and chat.”

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