Murray’s Madrid Open success could pave the way for glory at Roland Garros
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Perhaps it should be no surprise that Andy Murray is starting to produce a clay court game that gives him a reasonable chance of winning the 2015 French Open.
After all, the Brit has two semi-final appearances under his belt at Roland Garros and it now appears he’s ready to raise the bar even higher, with a one-sided victory over Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Open stunning everyone.
While Novak Djokovic was resting up rather than participating in Spain, the performance of Murray will have made the Serb sit up and take notice, with the world number one yet to win the French Open thanks to Nadal’s dominance.
However, Nadal does not look in the best shape to add to his glittering array of French Open titles and Murray will certainly feel he has the Spaniard’s number as the world’s best now compete in Rome before the second Grand Slam of the year.
“I played extremely well,” Murray told Sky Sports after his Madrid Open success, “which I think was one of the reasons why he was mistiming a few shots, especially towards the end of the match. I used the second serve into the forehand a lot, which I hadn’t really done against him on the clay before, and it worked well.”
Murray is now a best price 9/1 shot to win the French Open, with Betway sticking out with those particular odds, although Coral are as short as 7/1 about someone who has become the third favourite to win pretty quickly.
Djokovic is still the one to beat and Sky Bet are one of the few prepared to go 10/11 that he finally gets his hands on the men’s singles trophy on the clay courts of Paris.
“I have played well at Roland Garros in the past,” Murray said.
“Last year my game was not ready to win, whereas the previous time against Rafa there I played well. I don’t think I would go into the French as one of the favourites but if I play like that I’ll give myself an opportunity.
“I’ve always said if the personal stuff is happy and under control that helps your performance on the court,” he added.
“But I also feel healthy this year and I have trained well. I’m in much better shape on the clay than I have been for a number of years.”