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Despite losing 6-3, 6-4 in the third round to No.13 seed David Ferrer, Andy Murray chose to take the positives out of his performance
“(I played)a lot of good points but I couldn’t convert my chances – a lot of 30-30 or 15-30 points. I didn’t make enough returns so that was a little disappointing. I wasn’t able to create more breakpoint opportunities and my serve wasn’t good. The best part of my game is taking the ball to different levels – the last tournament it went much better and today I just didn’t do the things that you tend to do better the more matches to play. I am a lot happier today than I was last year. Today I was able to run after the ball and I fought until the end.”
“He doesn’t give you any free points and he’s got a strong serve and he puts a lot of them in the corner and his incredibly quick,” he said of his opponent who will now face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. “That’s why he’s been around the top of the game for a long time. He obviously played very well on clay and has been playing for the past couple of weeks and he’s just a very solid and good player.”
This early exit will leave Murray kicking his heels for almost two weeks before his next tournament, but he has no desire to change his schedule to squeeze another tournament in before the Madrid Masters in the second week of May.
“You’ve got to stick to the plan,” the Scottish world No.5 said. “This week I felt so much better than I did in Monte Carlo because I was able to play and practise and get into shape. So I have another week of hard training and hard practice and I think that will be more beneficial to go and play another tournament. It’s a long stretch coming up with the French Open and Wimbledon and obviously I don’t want to take time off, but a couple of days will get your body right again, then you work hard again for a week to get ready for Madrid.”