Murray: I'm heading to the practice court

Murray: I'm heading to the practice court

Andy Murray will head for the practice court rather than the beach in an effort to move on from his Wimbledon exit.

The 27-year-old’s defence of his most cherished title came to an unexpectedly sudden halt with a 6-1 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 defeat by Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals.

There had been nothing in Murray’s first four matches to indicate a dip in form like this, although huge credit must go to Dimitrov for a very high-level performance to reach his first grand slam semi-final.

Rafael Nadal had said after losing to Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round on Tuesday that he was looking forward to returning home to Majorca and hitting the beach.

Murray’s instinct after a loss has always been to throw himself into hard work, the Scot taking confidence from knowing he is doing all he can to turn things around.

“I need to make some improvements in my game,” he said.

“I need to get on the practice court soon, because now there’s time before the next bunch of tournaments to do that, to make improvements. It’s not often in the year you get that much time.

“But I’ll also need to have a think for a few days about how it is I’m going to go about that, how it is I’m going to go about improving and trying to get better again.

“I’ll definitely take a few days away from the court. It probably won’t be on a beach. I’ll then start practising fairly soon.”

Murray’s next tournament is likely to be the Rogers Cup in Toronto at the start of August.

By then he should certainly have resolved his coaching situation.

Murray and Amelie Mauresmo linked up initially just for the grass-court season but it has appeared from the outside that they have gelled well and Murray said he would like to continue the partnership.

“We’ll sit down and chat about that maybe tomorrow or in a few days,” he said. “But it has to come from both sides.

“I’ve really enjoyed the last couple of weeks. I’ve found it good fun. I found it calming. Tactically I feel like the chats have been good. Also the direction that I would like my tennis to go in.

“So I hope so, but we’ll need to sit down and chat.”

Dimitrov, who will overtake Murray in the rankings after the tournament, now goes forward to meet top seed Novak Djokovic on Friday, and he has the big prize in his sights.

He said: “It’s a good feeling. I’m not going to hide that. It’s a great feeling. I’m proud of what I did.

“But it’s something that I’ve worked for – to get onto that stage, come out, and switch to another gear. It’s a quarter-final match, playing against the defending champion, against a gentleman like Andy. That adds a lot.

“At the same time, it’s just another match for me.

“I am excited. Maybe I’m not showing it, but the tournament continues for me. I just need to be as composed as possible, as humble as possible.

“I’m happy to be in that semi-final. Hopefully there’s two more to go for me.”

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