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Murray confident of clinching his second US open title

August 25, 2016 15:23 IST

Olympic tennis champion Andy Murray said he is playing the best tennis of his career at the moment and is confident of clinching his second US Open title, starting later this month.

Andy Murray

IMAGE: Andy Murray. Photograph: Joe Robbins/Getty Images

After losing the French Open final to Novak Djokovic, Murray went on to win the Queen's Club tournament and his second Wimbledon title before successfully defending his Olympic crown at Rio de Janiero.

Murray's career-best 22-match winning streak came to a halt when Croatia's Marin Cilic defeated him in last week's Cincinnati final.

Despite battling the shoulder problem and jet lag, the two-time champion beat Juan Monaco, Kevin Anderson, Bernard Tomic and Milos Raonic without dropping a set to reach the final, reported Eurosport.

"I'm very proud of the week," said Murray.

"Obviously (the final) didn't go how I would've wanted. But I certainly didn't expect to get to the final when I arrived here.

"After the first match, I was having problems with my shoulder. I did speak about it with my team, but my physio was pretty confident that it was just fatigue, and that I didn't have any sort of structural damage in my shoulder.

"When it was said that I wasn't going to make it worse by playing, I thought: 'Let's go for it this week. Let's try and get through as many matches as we can."        

Despite losing the final at the Western & Southern Open, Murray sounded optimistic about his chances at next week’s US Open.

"It's obviously disappointing when you get to the final and not win, but it was a very, very positive week considering everything," he said.

"Mentally I'm in a good place just now."

The fourth and the final Grand Slam of the season, the US Open, is slated to be held from August 29 to September 11 in New York. 

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