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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