Andy Murray feels he’ll make a deep run at a tournament sooner – rather than later.
The Scot was speaking to reporters after losing 6-3, 6-4 to Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Wednesday.
Murray, a two-time champion in Vienna, has compiled a 13-11 record on the ATP Tour this season, including a quarter-final run in Metz.
But he’s currently ranked No 156 in the world and therefore has to face the big guns early in events.
“I’m not going to keep losing in the second and third round of tournaments. I will get better and I will improve and I will break through in one week, or two weeks, or a few months,” Murray told reporters. “It will happen. I obviously would like it to be happening quicker than what it is.
“But he (Alcaraz) did play extremely well and he’s a top young player and if you’re hitting single-digit unforced errors playing that way and with the power that he has it’s going to be tough… If I continue on that path and build up a little bit more consistency, be that little bit more clinical and a bit more ruthless I will start winning more and have some deep runs, but it’s tough.
“Draws have been hard, I’ve played in some tough tournaments. The draw was stacked here (in Vienna). There were no easy matches here. It will happen sooner rather than later I think.”
Murray said he’ll take the positive from Vienna in beating world No 10 Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 in the first round.
“I won two days ago against a guy who’s Top 10 in the world, made the semis at Wimbledon this year, won an ATP Masters 1000 this year,” Murray said of Hurkacz. “Alcaraz had a great run at the US Open and I had a good win against him (at Indian Wells).
“I had some good matches against some top players who’ve had great runs at these events, so I’m not really sure why I should think that I couldn’t do that again. I sort of look at those matches and think if Hurkacz can make semis at Wimbledon why is that not possible?”
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