Britain’s Andy Murray has vowed to bounce back after suffering yet another grand slam final loss to world number one Novak Djokovic.
By reaching his first final at Roland Garros, Murray equalled Fred Perry once more by appearing in his 10th slam final.But, while Perry won eight titles, Murray has lost that many times, five of them to a dominant Djokovic, who he also beat to win the US Open and Wimbledon, and three to Swiss great Roger Federer.
“It’s such a rare thing to have happened, and obviously the depth in the game just now is strong. Some people may think differently, but the level of tennis I think is pretty high now and something you probably won’t see for a long, long time,” said Murray.”His performances over the last 18 months to two years have been exceptional and he deserves to be number one.”
Murray, the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon champion, admitted he was disappointed to lag behind Federer, Nadal and Djokovic but remained confident of adding to his two major titles.”Obviously the guys I have been around the last few years have made things difficult for me. I have been close-ish to winning all of the Slams now and unfortunately all of them have done it instead.But I guess I’ve got a few more years to try and do that. I think when I finish I will be more proud of my achievements maybe.None of the big events I have won have I done it without beating one of those guys or a couple of them. So, yeah. Maybe when I finish playing, my achievements will mean a little bit more.”
Djokovic’s victory in Paris improved his record against Murray to 24-10, but he vowed to come back stronger and avenge Sunday’s pain should the pair meet at Wimbledon next month.”I’m very disappointed. You know, from 13 days ago, I maybe would have signed to have been in this position. I was struggling. I was a couple of points from going out of the tournament in the first round. But then when you get there, obviously you want to win.”
Murray now vows to bounce back in Wimbledon “I have played some of my best tennis on clay, for sure, over the last few weeks and definitely the last couple of years,” he said.”Hopefully that translates well onto the grass, which is a surface that comes way, way more natural to me.So, yeah, I will try and have a good run on the grass. You know, if we meet on the grass, I’ll try and learn from the last few weeks’ matches and see things I could have done better.”