Murray not frustrated, despite frustrations

Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:37am EST
 

By Greg Stutchbury

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray described some of his play as "shocking" and berated himself for playing "nonsense" tennis but the world number three was adamant he was not frustrated after he advanced to the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.

The U.S. Open champion took himself to task on court during the second set of his third round clash against practice partner Ricardas Berankis, cajoling himself to "show something" before he ran out a 6-3 6-4 7-5 winner.

He also said courtside afterwards that he had been frustrated with some of his shot making, but after the heat of the moment had passed, the Briton said there was nothing frustrating about winning, however ugly.

"Nothing's frustrating me. I won in straight sets my first three matches," the world number three told reporters.

"Every player wants to hit the ball well every day if they can but the reality is it isn't always going to happen.

"So I'm aware I'll need to improve. But you also don't necessarily want to be playing your best tennis the first round of a grand slam or of any tournament.

"You want to try and improve as the matches go on (and) I'm sitting here happy that I'm through to the fourth round having not having played my best tennis.

"Hopefully I'll improve for the next one."   Continued...

 
Andy Murray of Britain celebrates defeating Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 19, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray