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Murray: I don't belong with clay court legends

ESPN staff
June 2, 2014
Andy Murray has lost 36 of 94 matches on clay on the main tour © Getty Images

Andy Murray says he will have to up his game on clay if he is to have a chance of becoming French Open champion.

He reached the semi-finals two years ago when he was beaten by Rafael Nadal and went out to David Ferrer a round earlier in 2012. Murray has won 18 matches at Roland Garros after playing in the tournament six times, but feels his game on the surface needs honing.

"When you see guys like Rafa [Nadal] and obviously Novak [Djokovic] and Roger [Federer], they are three of probably the greatest clay-court players, along with [Björn] Borg and a few others, in terms of their results on the surface," he said.

"I'm definitely not up on par with them [but] I feel like I have done a decent job."

Murray could come up against Nadal in the semi-finals against this year if both players progress to that stage. He had to endure a marathon five-set match against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round, with the match spilling over into two days.

He was due to take on Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the last 16 on Monday and remains hopeful of conquering another Grand Slam.

Murray said: "There's not loads of guys that have had better results consistently here. I feel like I can play good clay-court tennis [but] to win this event, you need to play great clay-court tennis. That's something I haven't done yet."

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