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Friday, July 3, 2009

Murray: I'll bounce back with a slam

The Championships - Wimbledon 2009 Day ElevenAndy Murray defiantly insisted his grand slam prospects are better than ever after Andy Roddick ended his Wimbledon run.

The British number one was a hot favourite to beat his American rival and go on to face Roger Federer in the final, but Roddick produced one of the best performances of his life to triumph 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/5) in the semi-finals.

Murray was playing in his first Wimbledon semi-final and hoping to reach his second grand slam final, after losing to Federer at the US Open last autumn, and he put a brave face on the defeat - making this summer's US Open his next target for glory.

The 22-year-old said: "The way that I played this year it was very, very close to getting to the final.

"If I give myself those sort of opportunities and keep playing well, and my consistency in the grand slams the last year or so has been much, much better - a final, a semi and a quarter - I'm going to give myself opportunities to do it.

"I believe I can win a grand slam, whether it's Wimbledon or US Open or Australia or whatever, I'm going to give myself chances.

"I'll come back next year and try to do better."

Murray, who had beaten Roddick in six of their eight previous meetings, was happy with his performance and praised his opponent for a brilliant display.

The sixth seed's first-serve percentage was 75% - compared to only 52% for Murray - while the Scot could only take advantage of two of his seven break points in the three-hour match.

"I thought I played well," said Murray.

"If you look at the stats, I hit more winners, less unforced errors, more aces.

"I'm sure the points that we won were very, very similar. It just came down to a few points here or there on his serve.

"And he served really, really well. Hitting at that pace, at such a high percentage, sometimes there's not a whole lot you can do with that.

"The last few slams that I've lost, I've come up against some guys that have played great, great tennis.

"Mentally, for me, I've got much better at it, understanding that guys can do that against you. That's happened to me a few times now in slams.

"I need to keep making sure I bring my best game to the court in every match."

Murray has a break of five weeks until his next tournament and he insisted he will have no problem getting over today's loss.

"I'll move on very, very quickly and go and work on my game and improve and come back stronger," he said.

"That's a pathetic attitude to have, if you lose one match and you go away and let it ruin your year.

"I've had a very good year so far. I'm very close to the top of the game. The US Open I've always said is my best surface, my best chance to win a slam, and I'll give it my best shot there."

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