Murray’s hopes of ending Britain’s 80-year wait for a men’s Roland Garros champion ended against Novak Djokovic with a 6-3 6-3 5-7 5-7 6-1 defeat??in the French Open semi-finals – but it was not before he gave the world No 1 a mighty scare.
Hopes that the fifth set would turn out to be an epic battle of wills failed to materialise and the Serb ended Murray’s misery with his eighth ace, ending the Scot’s 15-match winning streak on clay.
“Obviously right now I’m upset but I would say I probably played the best tennis in the major events, in the Slams,” the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon champion said after being on the receiving end of an eighth successive defeat by Djokovic.??????????????????????????
After struggling through 2014 having undergone back surgery the previous year, Murray was boosted by his recent run, which included winning back-to-back clay-court titles in Munich and Madrid.
“My game is back close to where it needs to be to winning Slams,” added the third seed.
“Physically I’m back there again, and obviously now with the grass court season coming up, hopefully I can get myself an opportunity there and play much better going into the grass this year than I was last year.”