Andy Murray believes he has a “much higher possibility” of winning the French Open thanks to his improvement on clay courts.
Earlier in his career, world number two Murray was perceived to have a weakness on clay courts, but admits he now feels much more comfortable now he is more experienced.
And the 28-year-old is now targeting glory at Roland Garros, at an event where he has never gone past the semi-finals.
“Expectations for me have changed a bit on this surface now. have a bit more belief in myself and think that the French Open is a much higher possibility than it was before,” he told the Daily Express.
“Normally, quarter-finals, semi-finals was a decent or good result for me on clay whereas now, I don’t view it like that. I can do better. I’ll give it a good shot.”
Murray was speaking ahead of his clash with Gilles Simon at the Madrid Open, which will see the winner progress to the quarter-finals.
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The Scot has a good record against Simon, having beaten the Frenchman 13 times in 15 meetings, and while the event is not as important as the French Open, Murray still hopes to retain his title.
“When I was younger, I thought about defending points and defending titles a little bit more,” he said.
“Now I know what my goals are, what I want to try and achieve and I’m not so caught up in week-to-week performances. I always look a little bit longer term.
“You can play well and lose at this level but, obviously, I would love to try and win again, it was one of my biggest achievements in tennis.
“For someone who wasn’t particularly good on clay to have won my first big title when I was 28, 27 years old was a good effort and I’ll try and do it again this year.”