Andy Murray has conceded that his recent performances against Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have been far from his best.
The two-time grand slam winner lost for the 10th time in 11 meetings with Djokovic on Sunday when they squared off in the final of the Paris Masters, with Djokovic winning routinely in straight sets.
The 28-year-old Scot has won 11 of the 19 match-ups against other players ranked in the top 10, and all eight defeats he suffered in those matches came at the hands of the world number one Djokovic or number three Federer.
Murray has come up against Djokovic seven times in 2015, with his only victory coming in the final of the Canadian Masters. Prior to that victory in the Rogers Cup, Murray's most recent victory over the Serb came at the 2013 Wimbledon final.
His head-to-head record against Federer in recent times is similarly one-sided, with the Swiss maestro winning both their victories so far this year. In fact, Federer has won six of their last seven encounters, with Murray's most recent victory over the 17-time grand slam winner a five-set triumph in the 2013 Australian Open semi-finals.
"Obviously this year [Novak's] level has been incredible. Since the beginning of last year, my results against him and Roger, from my perspective, haven't been good enough. I need to do better in those matchups," Murray admitted to the official ATP website.
"It's harder playing against the best players. Those two are two of the greatest players of all time, so there is no disgrace in losing to them. But I do feel like I need to start doing better in those matchups because the scoreline in the last couple of matches there hasn't been good."
After Federer lost in the second round in the French capital and Murray reached the final, he has once again overtaken Federer in the world rankings and will be seeded two at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London.