World number four Murray saw his latest hopes of becoming Britain’s first Grand Slam men’s singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936 crushed by David Ferrer 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3,6-2 in the French Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Andy Murray

Defeat ended the 25-year-old’s run of five consecutive semi-final appearances at the majors, leaving him to fend off fresh questions over his ability to win Wimbledon, the next Grand Slam stop. “I’ll do what’s best for my preparation for Wimbledon, back or not,” he said. “I need to get some good physical work done. That's going to be important. It’s not a disaster if I can’t play a tournament beforehand.”