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Murray eyes improvement after French Open loss

ESPN staff
June 7, 2012
Andy Murray wants to lift his fitness level © PA Photos

Andy Murray says he must work on his physical condition ahead of Wimbledon if he is to claim a maiden grand slam title.

Murray was bundled out of the French Open on Wednesday, going down 6-4 6-7(3) 6-3 6-2 to David Ferrer in their quarter-final. After struggling throughout the year with a back problem, Murray believes he must now improve his overall fitness in order to dominate the grass-court season.

"I'll need to put some good work in before Wimbledon, that's for sure," Murray said. "I was sort of getting a little bit out of breath after some of the longer rallies [against Ferrer]. I need to make sure I get a solid base in before Wimbledon."

The world No. 4 believes Ferrer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer deserve to battle it out at Roland Garros in the semi-finals, and tipped Nadal to take his seventh French Open crown.

"I think the four best clay court players in the world are left in and whoever plays best will win," Murray said. "[I'd] probably have to favour Rafa slightly, but everyone is playing very, very well."

Murray had no complains after his loss to clay court specialist Ferrer, who will face fellow Spaniard Nadal in the final four.

"[Ferrer] had his chances and converted them," Murray said. "He's solid and consistent and if you don't convert opportunities against him, the games become longer and the pressure builds on you.

"But it was a good tournament for me. I felt better coming in this year than I did last year. I lost to a better clay court player tonight. There are things to work on but I knew it would be a tough match."

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