Being stronger in important moments, finding the right balance between attack and defense and making the right decisions are key areas Andy Murray hopes to improve.
After a roller coaster victory over Frances Tiafoe in a marathon first round match at the European Open, Murray failed to match the intensity of his clash against Diego Schwartzman as he suffered a 6-4, 7-6 (8- 6).
Andy Murray fails to sustain Antwerp’s epic win as he bowed out in second round against Diego Schwartzman
Although Murray hasn’t reached the final stages of the tournaments in recent months, he got a glimpse of his best tennis as he also beat rising star Carlos Alcaraz at Indian Wells as he led Stefanos Tsitsipas to five sets at the US Open.
The three-time Grand Slam winner, however, knows it’s about winning.
“Sport is about results. If you play well or badly, it doesn’t really matter if you lose the games, ”he said. “You have to win and win games maybe when you’re not playing your best, which I have done a few times over the last few months, but certainly not as much as I would have liked. This is obviously what I want [in] the last tournaments [of the season]. “
As for where he needs to improve, the former world No.1 highlighted three areas.
“I think sometimes I’m a little bit more solid in the important moments and just finding the right balance on how I try to play,” said Murray. “For example, I have the impression that I passed the net too often and that it was not particularly successful. Obviously there are matches if you do that and it works, great.
“But if you keep repeating the same pattern of play or trying the same thing and it doesn’t work, it shows that you are just not making the right decisions.”