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Murray 'not physical enough'

Posted 09-22-2010 at 12:17 PM by

Andy Murray wants to improve physically as well as mentally as he looks to win the Australian Open after his disappointments in the US Open.
The 23-year-old Scot was well fancied going into the New York tournament but crashed out at the third round stage to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.

Murray is ranked fourth in the world but has not managed to win a major tournament in his career. He has reached two finals, the US Open in 2008 and Australian Open 2010, but has been beaten by Roger Federer both times.

The Scot has vowed to play for 2011 and by then hopefully he will have a new coach in place, as he has told BBC Sport he is no closer to finding a replacement for Miles Maclagan. The pair split earlier this year and maybe that could account for Murray's poor showing in New York.

He now has his sights set on the Australian Open in January, stating he will use the preceding months to ensure his preparations are perfect. One thing he need to work on if he is to regularly compete with Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam tournaments is his strength. The Grand Slam tips suggest he will struggle.

He stated: "I need to get physically stronger, improve my game and then I'll give myself the chance.

"I need to make sure I work hard, get myself in great shape again and hopefully I'll give myself another chance."

Murray has hailed Nadal as one of the "greatest players ever" after the 24-year-old Spaniard completed a career Grand Slam of major titles with victory at the US Open and the tennis betting suggests there is more success to come.

Nadal became only the seventh person in history to complete that accomplishment, and the youngest in the open era to do it, and Murray hailed it as a "great achievement".
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