ATP Madrid - Andy Murray confident of success at the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open

Andy Murray (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Despite making a poor start to the clay-court season, Andy Murray believes he can win the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open this week.

Murray has been outstanding on hard courts this year, reaching the Australian Open final and winning the Miami Masters, but after setting such high standards in the first three months of the year, his start to the European clay-court swing was a bit of a damp squib.

Murray has made no secret of his desire to do better on the clay this year, especially under the guidance of three-time French Open champion Ivan Lendl. All eyes were on him in Monte-Carlo last month, but he was terrible, and was completely outplayed in the third round by Stanislas Wawrinka.

Nevertheless, after another fortnight of practice, Murray believes he's now ready to contend on the dirt. 

"I feel like every time I go into tournaments, I'm capable of winning. I think the chances of me winning tournaments vary depending on the surface," he told reporters ahead of Tuesday's opener against Florian Mayer.

"But on grass and hard courts, I've played very well over the last year. Really since Miami last year, I've had good results on the hard courts. And the grass I obviously enjoy playing on as well. The clay has been still the most challenging surface for me, but I've played some good matches and beaten some tough players."

Murray also believes that rather than competing regularly on clay as in previous years, the extra bit of practice he's put in could make all the difference.

"Practice is important for me on this surface more than most because I need to get used to the movements again, patterns of play that I use on this surface, which is different to the other courts," he added.

"I need to get used to playing points again on this surface, because there are things that you do on the clay that don't necessarily work on other surfaces, and things that work on other courts don't work so well on the clay."


All Tennis News

Recent Tennis Articles

  • Andy Murray changes support team ahead of 2015 season

    Andy Murray has made a major change to his support team for 2015, announcing that he will no longer be working with coach and hitting partner Dani Vallverdu, and fitness trainer Jez Green....

  • Andy Murray to marry Kim Sears

    In the latest tennis news today, Andy Murray's engagement to long-time girlfriend Kim Sears has been announced.nfirms reports that he has proposed to Kim Sears, his girlfriend of eight years...

  • Eugenie Bouchard parts company with coach

    Eugenie Bouchard is looking for a new coach after parting company with Nick Saviano, who helped her reach the Wimbledon final earlier this year....

  • New ATP rankings - year-end ATP tennis rankings for 2014

    Novak Djokovic has ended 2014 as the world No. 1 in the year-end ATP tennis rankings....

  • Roger Federer leads Switzerland to first-ever David Cup title

    Roger Federer recorded a straight sets win over Richard Gasquet on Sunday to ensure Switzerland their first-ever David Cup title....

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Roger Federer - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Roger Federer takes place this afternoon in the first singles rubber on Day Three at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

  • Roger Federer eyes improvement ahead of final day of the Davis Cup final

    Roger Federer expects to improve as the match progresses, having suffered a heavy defeat on day one of the Davis Cup final in Lille on Friday....

  • France vs. Switzerland doubles - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Gasquet/Benneteau vs. Chiudinelli/Lammer takes place this afternoon in the doubles at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

  • Gael Monfils vs. Roger Federer - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Gael Monfils vs. Roger Federer takes place this afternoon in the second singles rubber at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Bangladesh vs. Zimbabwe - 4th ODI Match Preview

    Bangladesh vs. Zimbabwe takes place on Friday in the fourth one-day international....

  • QPR need to beat Leicester City this weekend admits Harry Redknapp

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp admits his side "need a result" when they host fellow strugglers Leicester City in the Premier League this weekend....

  • Indian Aces vs. Singapore Slammers - Live Stream, Start Time and IPTL Match Preview

    Indian Aces vs. Singapore Slammers takes place on Friday in the first match of the International Premier Tennis League 2014....

  • Chris Eubank Sr says son Chris Eubank Jr is as talented as Sugar Ray Leonard

    Chris Eubank Sr has compared his son to boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard ahead of this weekend's middleweight clash with Billy Joe Saunders....

  • Jean-Eric Vergne announces Toro Rosso departure

    Jean-Eric Vergne has announced that he is leaving Toro Rosso....

  • Arsenal FC midfielder Jack Wilshere out for THREE MONTHS

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out of action for around three months, it has been confirmed....

  • Stoke City say Victor Moses could be sidelined for eight weeks

    Stoke City look set to be without Victor Moses for up to eight weeks....

  • Liverpool FC, Man Utd on alert as Xherdan Shaqiri set for Bayern Munich exit

    Xherdan Shaqiri, who has been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, is likely to leave Bayern Munich in the January transfer window....

  • Cheltenham Festival - The worst rides in Cheltenham history

    The Cheltenham Festival is the epitome of jump racing and brings together the best human and equine talent in the sport and pits the best of the best against each other. However, as is the same at all levels of sport, occasionally someone drops a clanger!  Top tipster Nick Wilby has taken a&nb...

More Stories

Latest News



Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

ATP Madrid - Andy Murray confident of success at the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open

Despite making a poor start to the clay-court season, Andy Murray believes he can win the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open this week.

Read more »

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?