• Murray confidence building as clay campaign looms

    4/12/12 6:21 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Murray confidence building as clay campaign looms A long-odds French Open title is not out of the question for optimistic Andy Murray as the Scot and coach Ivan Lendl prepare for the start of the spring clay season.

    After an extra week of training in Miami after the Masters 1000, the world No. 4 is back at home preparing for the Monte Carlo Masters, where he lost a 2011 semifinal to king of clay Rafael Nadal.

    "I have to believe that I can win the French Open," said the Scot. "Last year gave me a lot of confidence. But I feel I could have played better.

    "I wouldn't say I'm the favorite going into the French because Djokovic, Roger and Rafa have got much better results than me on clay. But I think I can win against them. I need to work hard over the next five or six weeks, for sure."

    Murray called Roland Garros "a really important tournament for me last year. I've said it many times: not just because I got to the semis there for the first time, but because of how the tournament went."

    World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will play Monte Carlo after missing it last year to rest while Nadal will be looking for an eighth straight title in the principality after taking treatment on his knees following a withdrawal prior to the Miami semifinals. Roger Federer, training with American Jesse Levine, will delay his clay start until Madrid next month.

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I like the way Murray always thinks that all he has to worry about is beating Rafa, Nole or Roger and a slam title is his. He is forgetting that he's got to beat at least 5 people first to get to them in a slam. That should not be taken for granted by anyone including Rafa, Nole and Roger.

nadline , 4/13/12 3:58 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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