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What surface does Andy Murray play his best tennis on?

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I know Murray has understated his role on clay, but he grew up on it and his defensive/counter punching, along with aggressive tactics of coming to the net at times and cosntant drop shots, played at the right time, make me think his best surface, although he isn't better than a couple of others at it, is clay!

What do people honestly think?

Just because he does well on grass and fast hard courts at US Open, it doesn't mean he plays better there, he just does better there compared to others who can't play on the surface.

Post your honest opinions. IMO, once the first GS comes, the rest will flow and it will be between him and Djokovic for the slams, Federer will be gone and Nadal will do well to make finals.

Am I barking up the wrong tree? Make your opinion heard!
 

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No clay isn't his best surface, it's hardcourts. He'll do better on faster surfaces as his forehand which is the weaker side. Murray can use the opponents pace to generate his own and redirect the ball without having to generate it himself.
 

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indoor
 

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Jackson is right and he grew up playing on super fast indoor hard courts, not clay. He played on clay for a year and a half when he moved to spain at 15.
 

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The surface they use in the Master Series of Canada is his best surface(fast hardcourt). Last year he gave Rafa and Federer a clinic there. He likes the fast surface b/c it helps his serve alot, and when that happens he frees up on returns, and b/c he can take it so early he has chances to break anywhere. On a slow court, his serve can be crushed by a good returner.
 

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Slow-Medium outdoor hard.
 

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Carpets are not anymore on ATP tour, so from options clay, grass, Hard definetely not clay. I think he can do well on grass- faster grass, but generally faster HC is his best surface where he has best chances. It is obvious why. Faster HC means better for his serve- more free points, Murray has very good 1st serve, and his ROS is best at faster HC, because he can make many winners from return and be agressive. Indoor HC tournaments are best for him and than faster outdour HC like Canada open, which is not so slow like IW, Miami so better for his game.
 

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He's said himself Shanghai is the ideal surface for him - that's fairly slow by hard court standards, but specifically it is a very high bounce. As others have said though, Canada appears to be perfect for him also (medium pace ..... but high bounce).

Make the court too quick and he's vulnerable to getting blown out by powerful opponents in earlier rounds though. Make it too slow and he struggles to get the ball through the court (although that's questionable now with the season's developments, as he showed on clay)

Against other top guys it'll vary though. Against Nadal, and probably Djokovic now also, the quicker the better. Against Federer and Soderling, the slower the better.
 

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Slow-mid pace high bouncing hardcourts

Canada
Shanghai
Indian Wells
Miami


Check out his Masters titles count.
Makes sense right?

However he would be pretty good on fast indoor courts because he is the best returner of serve in those type of condtions, alongside Federer. (Djokovic being the best in general)

But since he doesn't really put much effort into the events that take place in February and Paris Masters he doesn't have the time to showcase his abilities in said conditions.
 

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To be fair though, he, with an injury, did well against Nadal but came up against a Nadal that was too good. It was a fast clay court so almost a slow hardcourt and I still feel the slower surfaces suit him. Not too slow like Rome where the ball doesn't move but one that points can be won at the net with the right approach and also makes use of the drop shot and sudden change of pace and aggressiveness. Tactics play a massive role in tennis though and he missed his best opportunity in 2009 at RG with Nadal out and a weak draw and then last year at Wimby with Roddick in the semis. He will and win many slams though because he has every shot in the book, the determination to win, the consistency and the ability, its just a matter of when. Im not saying he hasn't missed opportunities but Djokovic has shown with his first at the AO, a weak draw or him hitting form at the right time will result in a slam.
 

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Canada is his best of those and its fast and high bouncing.
Shanghai is medium everything.
Indian Wells is slow high bouncing
Miami is incredibly slow.
Canada isn't quick at all, it's Cincinatti that is fast.

superhoops, lay off the Brains Bitter he is not at his best on clay.
 

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Plexicushion Prestige.
 

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Canada is his best of those and its fast and high bouncing.
Shanghai is medium everything.
Indian Wells is slow high bouncing
Miami is incredibly slow.
Shanghai is actually as slow as Miami if you will. Last year at least that was the case.

Canada is medium paced, one of Toronto and Montreal is a bit faster than the other though so it depends but yeah in general it's pretty much the speed a hardcourt should be at.
 

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Probably medium to fast hardcourts.
 
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