Andy Murray: Talk-in with coaches after US Open defeat laid foundation for double victory
Oct 13 2011 By Ted Tracey
Andy has won two tournaments since his defeat in the US Open
ANDY MURRAY says a frank talk-in with his coaching staff after losing to Rafael Nadal in the US Open semi-final has been the catalyst for his superb form since.
The Scot was speaking yesterday after a walkover in his Shanghai Masters second round tie when injury forced out Dmitry Tursunov of Russia. He will now face Stanislas Wawrinka, the 13th seed from Switzerland, today.
Murray, unbeaten since losing to world No.2 Nadal, in New York said: "After the US Open I spoke with the guys about a few things to try and work on between now and the end of the year.
"I wanted to know what was going to give me a better chance against Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer and it's been a good start."
Murray has won two tournaments since the US Open and is pouring everything he has into the end of this season to keep his winning streak alive.
The goal is the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month but retaining his Shanghai title and grabbing the trophy at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris in three weeks' time are also very much on the cards.
Everything else - be it his tournament schedule this year or his winter training programme and Australian Open preparations - can be discarded or rearranged.
He said: "I want to go to London fresh. That's why I'm happy I have options whether to play in Valencia and Basle.
"The last few years I've got to Paris a bit tired. I've arrived there quite late and the French changed the surface last year and made it very quick. But it's a tournament I would like to win as I think it's the only hard court one I haven't won."
For the past two years, Murray has played at the Hopman Cup in Perth and that preparation has been perfect as he has gone on to reach the Australian Open final in Melbourne in both years.
But next year the Hopman Cup has been scratched off his schedule to give him time to recover from what he hopes will have been a winning run to the end of this season.
Murray said: "Because I go over and train in Miami I've just spent Christmas there for the last couple of years then gone on to Australia.
"It's a very long time to be away from home, especially if I have a hectic end to this year."http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/tennis-news/2011/10/13/andy-murray-talk-in-with-coaches-after-us-open-defeat-laid-foundation-for-double-victory-86908-23486014/