US Open 2011: Andy Murray admits he wasn’t good enough
British No1 admits Nadal was just too good after the Spaniard claimed a four-set semi-final win in New York
Andy Murray simply conceded his display was “not good enough” after the British No1 was defeated by Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the US Open on Saturday.
The defending champion denied the Murray the chance to reach his second final in New York with a 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-2 win at Flushing Meadows as Nadal booked his place in Monday’s final against Novak Djokovic, who had earlier overcome Roger Federer in five sets.
Murray had already been beaten by Nadal in the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the French Open this year and the 24-year-old admitted the Spaniard was just too good during the opening two sets on Saturday.
“I’m disappointed with the way I played in the first two sets,” said Murray. “The third and fourth were better but it wasn’t good enough.
“I don’t know if I didn’t want to play too many long rallies because I had a long game yesterday but it’s the only way to win against him. Playing one-two tennis against him doesn’t work because he makes too many balls.
“There are many things I could have done a bit better tonight – but I didn’t.
“He’s probably the greatest player to play tennis so it’s easy from the sidelines to say how you should play against him.
“I’ve played many different styles against him and the most success I’ve had is solid from the baseline, giving it a lot of height up to his backhand.”
Murray believes he will have a better chance against the Spaniard in future if he continues to build his strength.
The Scot said: “I’ve just got to improve because it’s very disappointing to get close. I’ve lost to him this year a few times in big matches. I just need to keep working on my game and getting physically stronger, that will help.”
Meanwhile, Nadal said he was on top form during Saturday’s match. “I think I have played my best match this year here, so I’m really happy to be in the final,” he said.