Andy Murray Say He’s Getting More Comfortable On The Clay
by Tom Gainey | April 17th, 2012, 3:14 pm
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Andy Murray roared into the clay season today crushing Viktor Troicki 60, 63 in the first round at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Afterward, an elated Murray said he’s feeling better and better on the red stuff.

“Each year I’ve felt more comfortable. It’s just a surface, out of all the surfaces for me anyway the guys that have the most experience on the surface tend to do well here,” Murray said of playing on the clay. “The ball gets up very high. Strength plays a big part on the court.

“A guy like Ferrer, he just knows, understands exactly what he needs to do on this surface. There’s a lot of guys like him that play their best tennis here. They have a lot of experience from playing here as juniors, growing up on it, and spending more time on it on the tour. For me, I don’t play on it that often. So it’s taken me more time to gain that experience.”

Murray said he’ll also draw on the reserves of coach Ivan Lendl who won the French Open three times.

“(Ivan) was great on every surface,” Murray said. “He’ll help me I think the next five, six weeks. Probably not going to show this week necessarily. But, again, in the buildup to the French Open, the time I spend with him after these two tournaments, the five, six days before Barcelona, the four, five days before the French Open will be very, very beneficial.”

Murray now meets the Julien Benneteau-Jurgen Melzer winner in the third round.


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20 Comments for Andy Murray Say He’s Getting More Comfortable On The Clay

Colin Says:

What pleased me most was Andy’s first serve percentage, about 80% for the match I think. When his serve is working he’s a different player. He’s often been accused (sometimes unfairly)of being negative, but here it was Troicki who was guilty of that. He just never displayed enough variety to trouble Murray.


jane Says:

Good start! I didn’t see the match but clearly he played well. I agree Colin: when Murray serves well his entire game clicks. It’s similar for Nole but maybe even more so for Andy. Hope he continues to play well.


alison hodge Says:

jane he played exquisite tennis today,i think thats the best ive seen him play on clay,very solid,he gave viktor no chance,it will be an interesting clash should he and nole get that far.


alison hodge Says:

^im mean if he and nole get as far as the semis^.


Kimmi Says:

I hope murray brings this kind of form against the big guys. This is when he needs 80% first serves the most. goodluck muzz!


Ajet Says:

i love it whenever murray serves a high first serve %, he’s almost unplayable when his first serve clicks! add to that his improved FH! i can’t be blamed to expect good things from murray!

go murray!


alison hodge Says:

Ajet thats about the best ive seen andy play on clay,hopefully he will keep that up and do more of the same against nole should they meet in the semis,i would love to see him do some damage on clay,and bag a slam somewhere this year.


Colin Says:

It’ll be interesting to see how the Murray Brothers do against the Bryans. I just hope Andy doesn’t turn an ankle or something playing doubles!
Did you see that Belucci beat Ferrer? That was unexpected.


Ajet Says:

alison:

same feelngs here about murray as you’ve!


alison hodge Says:

Ajet as much as i love rafa and always will,i have to say i am at peace with what he has achieved in his career,if it ended tomorrow i would still be delighted,im finding myself switching my loyalties more in the direction to murray,always loved him too,nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see him win wimbledon this year,go murray.


Kimmi Says:

colin – bellucci is such a good player on clay. it is a pity that he is not consistent. Ferrer wasn’t playing his best today but bellucci was magnificent. I think his FH is his biggest weapon but he has a decent backhand too. I enjoyed that match a lot today.

hope he continues to play well coz I enjoy watching him.


jane Says:

Plus isn’t Bellucci another leftie?


Kimmi Says:

I thought Bellucci was very tough against federer in IW too, looks like he already started to play well then. Bad showing in Miami though (i remember picking him to go a little further but he lost in the first round). he plays robin Haase next, great chance to meet nole in the qtr final.


Kimmi Says:

yap, he is a leftie.


jane Says:

That’s the thing about him Kimmi: good one tournament then not the next. He’s a bracket buster!


Ajet Says:

dominance in any sport is quite good so long as my favourite guys/teams do it, lol! ;)


Ajet Says:

indeed alison, totally agree with you both about rafa and murray. go guys and go roger!!! ;) :D


Tran Says:

Well well…


serbian hammer Says:

And again Murray gets walkover,Benneteau indjured himself.A pity,and he played well.Murray got piece of cake draw till the semies,and constantly gets these walkovers.He won at least 1000 points on walkovers this year,and opponents with poor form.Troicki isnt in best shape which is evident,and if Nishikori could take out Berdych,count in Murray for the semis.’Andy Murray Say He’s Getting More Comfortable On The Clay ‘,who wouldnt with this kind of draws.


alison hodge Says:

funny when fans bitch about the draws,except for when there own favourite gets an easy one,then all of a sudden comes selective memory loss yawn,look all players get favourable draws from time to time,to be honest its getting old,and rather boring now.

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