Murray confident ahead of French OpenBritain's Andy Murray will
head to the French Open with renewed confidence after coming close to ousting defending
Rome Masters champion Rafael Nadal in a thrilling 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 quarterfinal defeat
Murray, who has only recently returned to form following several months out due to back surgery at the end of last year, stunned the Spanish world No 1 6-1 in the opening set at the Foro Italico late on Friday.
World No 1 Nadal fought back to level the match 1-1 but had to dig deep in a pulsating third set in which he broke the Scot three times before serving out for a 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 win.
Murray admitted his disappointment with failing to win a match that seemed within his grasp, lamenting a "poor" seventh game in the final set which allowed Nadal to break back into contention.
But amid what has been a particular season for Murray, who is still without a coach after sacking Ivan Lendl, he said he would take encouragement from his performance going into Roland Garros in two weeks time.
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