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My clay confidence has been boosted: Andy Murray

British ace says Munich Open title on clay keeps him in good stead for year’s second Grand Slam - French Open - that begins on May 24

Madrid: Andy Murray was working yesterday to make a one-day turnaround from slow, heavy conditions in Munich to the high-altitude, faster-bouncing clay of the Spanish capital in order to be ready for an opening challenge at the Madrid Masters.

Andy Murray gets in the car he was presented after his 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in the BMW Open final in Munich on Monday
Andy Murray gets in the car he was presented after his 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in the BMW Open final in Munich on Monday

The third-ranked Scot arrived after winning his first clay title in Munich in a delayed Monday final, but was facing a race against time to adjust to the totally different courts of Madrid’s Caja Magica. “(Winning on Munich clay) is obviously a positive for me, it was a goal that I had for this year,” said Murray, who can boast of only a trio of quarter-final placings since Madrid changed to clay in 2009.

Murray beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the three-hour German final and could run into his opponent in the second round on Wednesday should Kohlschreiber defeat qualifier Alejandro Fall in the first round. “It was an extremely tough match and a dramatic finish.

That always makes it a little bit nicer,” Murray said of his success. “This gives me a little bit more confidence obviously with the French Open just a few weeks to go. It’s nice to win events at any level. I hope I can have a good run at one of the next two events, either here or Rome, and get myself ready for the French.”

Murray's Munich win also marked a standout first week with new coach Jonas Bjorkman, with the experienced Swede coming aboard due to the pregnancy of groundbreaking female coach Amelie Mauresmo.

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