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Last Updated: Monday, 14 January 2008, 11:12 GMT
Murray belief undimmed by defeat
Andy Murray
Murray mulls over his defeat to Tsonga in the first round
Andy Murray says he is good enough to contend for Grand Slam titles despite a four-set loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round of the Australian Open.

"I think I've showed by winning four tournaments in the last few years that I've got the potential to challenge for Grand Slams in the future," he said.

"I don't think it's the end of the world. I wasn't completely outplayed.

"I didn't feel physically I was the worst player but I hit a couple of silly shots here and there."

The world number nine was outmanoeuvred for most of his match against Tsonga, a Frenchman ranked 38th in the world but considered one the toughest opponents any of the seeded players could have faced in the first round.

Murray insisted nothing had gone badly wrong for him in the match.

"That sometimes happens in sport. You play a fairly decent match and you don't come through, and that's what happened," he said.


"A little bit of inexperience, in that match, showed today. The more slams I play and the more big matches I play, I'll learn from them and won't make the mistakes that I did today."

Tsonga's huge serve kept Murray on the back foot from the start and with the 20-year-old playing too deep in the court, the Frenchman eased through the first two sets.

Murray lifted his game to win the third but lost the next in a tie-break, and with it the match.

"At the start of the match, he put a lot of pressure on me, rushed me quite a lot," Murray said.

"Because he was dictating all the points, I was trying to dictate some of the points myself and made some mistakes that way.

"But I don't think it was just down to decision-making.

"I got myself back into the match and it's just a few points here or there. I think a couple of bad decisions, a couple of net cords here and there, that was the end of it."

Murray will now go home to prepare for Britain's Davis Cup first-round match in Argentina at the beginning of February.

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