Murray confident first grand slam title is close

Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:35pm EDT
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By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ever since he broke on to the senior tour more than four years ago, Andy Murray has been tipped as a future grand slam champion. Now he believes he is ready.

The Scot has reached two major finals, in Australia at the start of 2010 and in New York in 2008, losing to Roger Federer on both occasions.

But having beaten both Federer and world number one Rafael Nadal on his way to the title in Toronto earlier this month, the 23-year-old said he feels the breakthrough is close.

"I think there are very small differences (required)," Murray told reporters at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.

"Nothing drastic has to change. I just need to play my best tennis for the whole two weeks and hopefully I can do that here."

After reaching the Melbourne Park final in January, Murray's form dipped but snapped back into life to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon before hitting top form in Toronto.

In winning his first title of 2010, Murray showed off a more attacking style of play than usual, but he said he would tailor his style at the U.S. Open according to his opponents.

"I just need to play the game style that wins me the matches here," he said. "If I have to play ultra defensive in any of my matches, I'll play that way. If I have to play very aggressive, then I'll do that.   Continued...

<p>Andy Murray of Britain hits a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during their final match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto August 15, 2010. REUTERS/Peter Jones</p>