A straight sets defeat by Roger Federer is not generally something for a player to feel proud about.
But Andy Murray left the court a happy man after his loss in the final of the Thailand Open on Sunday.
Murray's coach, Mark Petchey said:
The target for this year was to get inside the top 100 and get into the Australian Open.
Federer was ranked about 66 at the same age, Safin about 45 and Nadal about 55. So Andy's in the mix.
He's extremely quick already - that's one of his main attributes - and that will even improve as well. Each month he's getting stronger.
John McEnroe's prediction last month that Murray would be a top 20 player within a year was initially greeted with scepticism.
But the temperament and range of shots Murray showed off in Bangkok now make that comment seem entirely prescient.
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