Murray’s defeat at the hands of Nadal in Wimbledon 2008 secret behind his fitness

June 22nd, 2009 - 3:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Rafael Nadal London, June 22 (ANI): World No. 3 Andy Murray has revealed how his Wimbledon exit in 2008 at the hands of Rafael Nadal turned him into one of the fittest players in the world.

Murray said his loss to Nadal in last year’s Wimbledon quarterfinal was the moment he stepped up his fitness training.

The British ace had already made great strides with his fitness by the time he faced Nadal in the quarter-finals 12 months ago, but was left in no doubt there was still more hard work to be done.

Nadal powered his way to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Murray on Centre Court in 2008, The Telegraph reported.

That decision paid huge dividends, with Murray going on to win his first Masters series title in Cincinnati and reach his first grand slam final at the US Open.

“Beating Richard Gasquet in the fourth round last year was a great match to be involved in, but I lost to Nadal comfortably in the next round. I actually went away for three or four weeks after that and trained really, really hard over in the States, down in Miami in really warm conditions,” Murray said.

“I realised that I was in good shape then, but I lost to someone like Rafa, who’s probably one of the best athletes to ever play tennis (and) I needed to improve that side of my game.

“It was after Wimbledon I pushed on. I just learnt a lot from the loss to Rafa. I realised I needed to get fitter and stronger. I went away and worked on it,” he added.

Murray comes into Wimbledon as one of the favourites for the title, especially with Nadal out through injury and after winning his first tournament on grass at Queen’s Club earlier this month. (ANI)

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