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Murray aims to stay calm, conserve energy for French Open success

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London, May 22 (ANI): British tennis champion Andy Murray reckons that he needs to stay calm and conserve his energy if he is to enjoy success at the French Open.

Murray is far from complacent about his chances at the tournament after being pitted against local favourite Richard Gasquet, who is known for his prowess on clay-courts, in the opening match.

"You've got what could be a four, five-hour match so you can't be getting yourself too amped up too early. I might have done that when I was younger because you aren't used to playing those long five-setters," News of The World quoted Murray, as saying.

"You need to save up all of your energy, all of your concentration for the match. A lot of players they get into a routine of songs they listen to, but I don't pick anything specific," he added.

"Hopefully about 15, 20 minutes before you go out there, you're kind of ready. Before a grand slam, I wouldn't have thought you'd want to be in the zone any earlier than that," he added.

Murray admits that clay is not his best surface, but believes he can still do well in the tournament.

"I want to try to win the tournament, but it's just a bit different to the other ones, because I am not necessarily one of the favourites. I am still very, very excited,"

"These are the tournaments that make your career, the ones you're probably going to be remembered for. That's why you want to play your best in them and give a good account of yourself," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, May 23, 2010, 16:12 [IST]
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