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Murray 'will come back stronger'

Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Date: 31 August - 13 September
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Murray 'very disappointed' with defeat

British number one Andy Murray insists he will use his surprise defeat by Marin Cilic at the US Open to improve his Grand Slam challenge next year.

"The way the match went makes it disappointing but I believe I will come back better from it," Murray said after his 7-5 6-2 6-2 fourth-round defeat.

"I will learn from this week like I have most weeks when I've lost and I will come back better and stronger.

"I think I will be a better player next year than this year."

Murray had two set points in the 10th game of the match but could not convert and 16th seed Cilic dominated from then on.

The Croat hit a total of 35 winners compared to just 13 by Murray, who failed to convert any of seven break points.

I have to work on my game a lot so when I go into the Slams at the start of next year that I'm ready to win one

Andy Murray

Asked if it was the biggest disappointment of his career, the 22-year-old Scot said: "My tennis career, yeah. I mean, worse things have happened to me, that's for sure."

He added: "I'm very disappointed I didn't win, but I played badly and didn't deserve to. I started the match well but when I lost the first set and went behind, I started making a lot of silly mistakes.

"That was one of the most disappointing things, that I couldn't come back when I'm usually able to find a way back in."

And Murray defended himself from the suggestion that he let the match slip away after dropping the first set.

"I think mentally I'm very strong," he said. "Today I could have been better in every part of the game.

"When the match started to get away from me, I couldn't get into enough return games and couldn't find a way to get back into it. He played at a high tempo and never let me have a chance.


"From the first set to the third, he started to strike the ball better and I wasn't up to scratch. I just didn't play well enough."

Murray reached the final at Flushing Meadows last year, losing to Roger Federer, and he has risen to second in the world rankings this year.

But his wait for a Grand Slam title goes on after defeats in the fourth round of the Australian Open, the quarter-finals of the French Open and the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2009.

"Compared to the other Slams this year I played bad tennis," said Murray.

"I thought I lost to guys playing great tennis to beat me at the other Slams but that wasn't the case today. I just didn't play well."

Murray has won five titles this year, including two at the elite Masters 1000 level in Miami and Montreal, and has already qualified for the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals in London.

"It has been a good season, could have been better in the Slams but the rest of the season has gone well," he said.

"I have to work on my game a lot so when I go into the Slams at the start of next year that I'm ready to win one."

The next date for Murray is Great Britain's crucial Davis Cup tie against Poland in Liverpool, starting on 18 September, but he is a doubt with a wrist injury.

"I've had a problem for a few days," he said. "I will try to get it better in time for the Davis Cup."

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