Murray heading in right direction despite another disappointing defeat on clay

By Mike Dawes

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Andy Murray was not too downhearted despite exiting the Madrid Masters at the quarter-final stage.

The Scot was beaten by clay-court nemesis Tomas Berdych over two sets last night 7-6 (7/3) 6-4, and, with the French Open a matter of weeks away, his red-surface season has yet to take off.

The US Open champion thinks he is headed towards some good form, though.

Stretching: Andy Murray missed a few chances when he needed to take them in the first set

Stretching: Andy Murray missed a few chances when he needed to take them in the first set

Knackered: Murray showed signs of weariness after his late night win over Giles Simon the day before

Knackered: Murray showed signs of weariness after his late night win over Giles Simon the day before

'This week was better than Monte-Carlo, so it's going in the right direction,' Murray said in his post-match press conference.

'Tomas is a very good clay court player, and it was a close match. I had my chances.

'I think I'm playing okay. Some things I would like to do better, but I did play very well in practice in the build-up to this tournament. I played a lot of sets with a lot of tough players and I played very well.'

Semi-finalist: Tomas Berdych played solidly enough and is more suited to the clay court season

Semi-finalist: Tomas Berdych played solidly enough and is more suited to the clay court season

Forehand: Despite defeat, Murray says his form is getting better as the French Open approaches

Forehand: Despite defeat, Murray says his form is getting better as the French Open approaches

Berdych has now beaten Murray on the three occasions they have played on clay. The French Open starts on May 26.

Murray next heads to Rome for the Masters series event which begins on Monday.

Berdych will face the winner of the last quarter-final, between Stanislas Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while the beaten Murray at least has the consolation of supplanting Roger Federer as world number two.

Outplayed: The two players shake hands at the end of the grueling game

Outplayed: The two players shake hands at the end of the grueling game

 

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I love jam so you can put me down for lots of jars too. Seth, Sanity you are getting worse but keep it coming as it makes my day laughing at your stupid comments about Andy the greatest player Great Britain has had for many years. Keep going Andy it is all coming together for you; the hard work on clay is paying off. Good luck in Rome my Laddie from Dunblane. xx

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Oh The Tiny Ass, I do hope so. I love Andy so much, put me down for a million jars.

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Wake Up Please. Well said!

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Don't feed the trolls.

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Rumour has it that Murray is the president-elect of the world's biggest jam company.

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