MONTE CARLO – Briton Andy Murray, in impressive form this season with three titles to his name, is ready to “let it flow” on clay and improve his miserable record on the slow surface.
Murray, ranked fourth in the world, has hired twice French Open runner-up Alex Corretja to coach him for the claycourt season. Both men had the same agreement last year with Murray reaching the third round at Roland Garros, his best effort at the claycourt slam.“He just brings something a bit different, certain drills and stuff, and tactically as well, that are fundamental on clay, that obviously he would have done playing and a lot of top guys do on clay now,” Murray told reporters on Monday at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he was handed a 6-0 6-4 third round spanking by Novak Djokovic last year. “It’s nice sometimes to have a different opinion on things.”The 21-year-old Scot is determined to reach the business end of tournaments on clay. “It’s challenging, when I have never made the quarter-finals of a (clay) tournament before. I’m just working hard to just try and keep up with the top guys,” he said. “I’m trying to reach quarter-finals and semi-finals of tournaments for the first time that I’ve never been past the second or third round of before, and that’s pretty exciting.
“It takes a bit of time to get used to the movement again. I haven’t hit a ball on clay since the French last year,” he added. “So it comes down to getting used to sliding, not being 100 percent sure under your feet, it takes a bit of time but I’m hitting the ball well.”