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Sport Andy Murray vows to 'play as much as I can' after dismal French Open

14:41  29 september  2020
14:41  29 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Andy Murray vowed to have “a long, hard think&rdquo Much had been made of the old foes being drawn together again three years after a brutal semi-final at Roland Garros proved the end of Murray ’s right hip. He remains confident he can play at a much higher level going forward, saying

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Andy Murray has revealed he intends to respond to his early French Open exit by playing as much as possible for the rest of the year.

The former world No 1 and 2016 finalist suffered a sobering three-set defeat to Stan Wawrinka in the first round at Roland Garros, with the 33-year-old Scot winning just six games as he crashed 6-1 6-3 6-2 on Sunday.

The loss to his old Swiss rival was Murray's equal heaviest in a Grand Slam tournament and came on the back of only taking nine games against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round of the US Open.

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Andy Murray was bitterly disappointed with himself after he suffered a convincing 6-1 6-3 6-2 defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round of the French Open on Sunday. The Brit has spoken about the need for him to now go away from Paris and have a good think about what is next for him.

Andy Murray loses to Stan Wawrinka on Sunday in the Roland Garros first round. I don't feel like that's a valid reason, maybe to not enjoy the matches as much when it's like that, but not in “Today was obviously an extremely tough draw,” said Murray . “Even if I played very well, it would have been

Andy Murray et al. in uniform: Andy Murray exited the French Open after being beaten by 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka © Provided by Daily Mail Andy Murray exited the French Open after being beaten by 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka a baseball player holding a racket: Murray's straight-sets defeat by old Swiss rival Warwinka was his equal heaviest in a major © Provided by Daily Mail Murray's straight-sets defeat by old Swiss rival Warwinka was his equal heaviest in a major

Murray, who is battling back after having right hip surgery in January 2018 and 2019, was competing in his first clay-court match since reaching the 2017 semi-finals in Paris, where he again lost to Wawrinka.

But he revealed he now aims to play as many matches as possible for the rest of 2020, including events in Germany before heading to Australia.

'I know tournament-wise I'm going to try to play as much as I can between now and the end of the year,' Murray said.

'The plan is to play in Cologne, the two tournaments there. Probably the only positive (of his defeat by Wawrinka) is I will get more time to prepare on the indoor hard courts for that.'

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Andy Murray has reached his first French Open final after a superb performance to knock out the defending champion! Murray reacts as he wins to make it to his first final at Roland Garros . Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.

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a man holding a racket on a court: Murray aims to head Down Under before the end of the year to prepare for the Australian Open © Provided by Daily Mail Murray aims to head Down Under before the end of the year to prepare for the Australian Open

Murray accepts travelling to Australia will depend on Covid-19 restrictions, but he hopes to be part of Britain's team for the new 24-nation ATP Cup in early January ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne later that month.

'We don't know exactly what the rules are going to be for Australia, but it's looking like you'll have to get there very early to prepare for that,' Murray added.

'As it stands, I wouldn't make the ATP Cup team, but my understanding is they are looking to put an ATP event on in Australia the beginning of the year, so that's currently what I would be doing.

'I'd like to play in the ATP Cup because I was supposed to last year, and it looked like a great event.

a man hitting a ball with a racket: Murray said he hopes to play in the ATP in Australia before the first Major of 2021 in Melbourne © Provided by Daily Mail Murray said he hopes to play in the ATP in Australia before the first Major of 2021 in Melbourne

'My plan is to for sure go to Australia. I just don't know exactly what the exact situation is in terms of what date we would have to go, because by the sounds of it, it's pretty early I think. You'd have to go like mid-December.'

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Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has passionately defended Andy Murray after the three-time Grand Slam winner was criticised by Mats Wilander. Maybe to not enjoy the matches as much when it’s like that, but not in terms of it affecting your performance in any way. ‘ I need to have a long, hard think about it.

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Murray is now 3-3 since the resumption of the ATP Tour after the five-month COVID-19 suspension, and is currently ranked world No 111.

'I'll need to have a long, hard think and try and understand what happened,' he said after losing to Wawrinka.

'It's not for me the sort of match I would just brush aside and not give any thought to. There are obviously reasons behind a performance kind of like that.'

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