Murray proud of performance

The stunning 6-3 6-2 victory was Murray’s first ever on clay over Nadal in seven attempts and stretched the Scot’s perfect start on the surface this season to 9-0 after wining his first ever clay court tournament earlier this week in Munich.

The Briton’s performances in the Spanish capital suggest he may be a real contender at Roland Garros starting at the end of the month but Murray is staying grounded following a successful fortnight.

“I thought I played a very good match,” Murray told Sky Sports 3. “I made very few errors and I changed the height of the ball extremely well which I think was part of the reason why he was mistiming a few shots, especially towards the end of the match.

“I used the second serve into the forehand a lot which I haven’t really done on the clay before and that worked well – that was very important.

“I dealt with all of the nervy moments I had in the match I felt pretty well. When I had that break point at the beginning of the second set to go a double break up and I hit the drive volley into the tape, I responded well the next few points and managed to get the break there.

“From my side, it was a very good performance and I’m sure from Rafa’s side he probably felt he could have played better, but I couldn’t have done much more.”

The 27-year-old now looks in good shape to make a serious attempt to challenge for the French Open title at Roland Garros in Paris.

He continued: “I pushed Rafa a few times on clay in Monte Carlo and in Rome last year and you know obviously this gives me confidence.

“By no means I feel like I would go into the French as one of the favourites but if I play like that and the way I have done for the last couple of weeks, I would give myself an opportunity and that’s all really I can ask for with the players around these days.”

Murray has been in a rich vein of form since he married Kim Sears at Dunblane Cathedral last month and after the game he wrote ‘Marriage Works!’ on the lens of a camera.

“It (marriage) has been nice and a lot of people have spoken about the honeymoon period,” he said.

“But we’ve been together a very long time and getting married was the next step.

“I’ve always said if the personal stuff is happy and under control that helps your performance on the court.

“But I also feel healthy this year and I have trained well, I’m in much better shape on the clay than I have been for a number of years.”