Murray has no Italian Open regrets


Published: Sunday 31st May 2015 by The News Editor

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Andy Murray insists he has no regrets about pulling out of the Italian Open earlier this month after his next French Open opponent Jeremy Chardy revealed he was irritated by the Scot’s decision to withdraw.

Murray beat Chardy in the Rome second round two weeks ago but, after reaching consecutive finals in Munich and Madrid, the Scot decided to ditch the tournament to conserve energy for Roland Garros.

Chardy, who faces Murray again in the French Open last 16, admitted he had been a “little bit p*****” by the Scot’s withdrawal, adding “if you want to win a grand slam, everybody is tired”.

The comments add spice to the pair’s reunion on Monday but Murray is adamant his decision to pull out in Rome was the correct one.

“At the time it certainly felt like it was,” Murray said.

“I was extremely tired. I obviously wanted to try to compete as best I could that week but the more time I spent in the event, I realised I felt very tired.

“The evening that I played the match against Chardy, I woke up the next day feeling pretty tired.

“I had a bad practice before my match with (his next opponent) David Goffin and it was like, maybe I would have been able to get through a couple more matches but I would have to then take more time off and the French Open starts on Sunday.

“It was a tough decision, but at the time it felt like the right one.”

Murray is unbeaten on clay so far this year and made it 10 wins in a row with a straight-sets victory over Australian 20-year-old Nick Kyrgios on Saturday.

It is the world number three’s best ever start to a season and he believes playing more clay-court matches in the build-up to Paris has had a positive effect on his form.

“Definitely coming into the tournament, this is the best I have played on clay, the results would obviously suggest that,” Murray said.

“Winning the tournament (in Munich) and changing my schedule helped a lot – I never played any of the smaller events on the tour on clay and getting my first win on clay helped.

“I feel that that was a good decision from me and my team and then also physically, as well.

“I gave myself time to get used to the surface – a surface I struggled on with my back for a few years – and gave myself a proper training period to build it up slowly.

“They are the things that I have changed and the things that have helped me.”

Murray has only lost once to Chardy in seven previous meetings but their Italian Open match-up was the only time they have ever played on clay.

The Frenchman has made it a grand slam quarter-final just once in his career but he is on a strong run, having beaten American John Isner and Belgium’s David Goffin already at Roland Garros for the loss of only one set.

“Since the beginning of the tournament I have been playing a lot better than in Rome, so I hope…that I will be able to play a better match and perhaps win,” Chardy said.

“I really like playing at Roland Garros, for me, there is not any pressure.

“It helps me to play in front of my crowd, and they give me a lot of energy, so I enjoy every year to play here.”

Published: Sunday 31st May 2015 by The News Editor

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