Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Murray goes it alone ahead of US Open tilt

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Andy Murray will compete in the US Open without a coach after claiming one of his most satisfying tournament successes with victory in the ATP Rogers Cup.

The Scot followed up his last-four victory over Rafael Nadal in Toronto with a 7-5 7-5 triumph over Roger Federer on Sunday.

The victory ensured Murray's first success over the world's top two players in the same tournament and was only his second straight-sets win over the Swiss.

The triumph was all the more impressive given Murray parted company with coach Miles Maclagan last month.

He has since reached two finals, losing to Sam Querrey in the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles before his success in Canada.

Murray now takes part in the Western and Southern Group Masters in Cincinnati before the US Open begins on August 30.

“I said at the start that I would like to have a coach, I think most players would like to have a coach,” said Murray. “But I want to have the right person working with me and have the structure and set-up I would like. I'm not going to rush into anything.

“I'm sure after the US Open I will look hard at the type of person I would like to work with. But I can't see myself making any changes before the US Open.”

Murray, who has now won seven of his 12 meetings against Federer, admitted he had enjoyed being on court more than in recent months as he successfully defended his title.

Murray added: “I felt pretty free on the court this week. I was going for my shots and had a game plan that I stuck to and when I wasn't in tough positions I kept going for my shots.

“I felt a lot more comfortable — I didn't feel I was on the defensive to much. You have to do that sometimes when you're playing against probably the two best tennis players of all time.

“But I was able to dictate a lot of points against Rafa and Roger, and that hasn't always been the case. The whole week was very good. I was a bit inconsistent at the start but I played some very good tennis before the quarter-finals and the last few matches will definitely give me confidence in the next few weeks.”

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