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Murray to rest after his fall in France

Andy Murray Roland GarrosTennis: Andy Murray will take some time out following his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the French Open.

However, he is expected to compete in the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, the traditional warm-up to Wimbledon.

He has appeared at Queen’s for the past eight years and will be hoping to add to his two titles when it starts next Monday.

He said he will rest after a gruelling clay court season which has seen him reach finals in Madrid, Rome and Paris and make the last four in Monte Carlo.

“I need to recover a bit before getting back on the grass and training again,” he said.

His hopes of adding a third Grand Slam title to his collection were thwarted by the seemingly invincible Djokovic.

The Serb won his first French Open  in four sets after Murray took the first set and appeared to be in commanding form.

Murray blamed inconsistent serving for his 24th defeat in 34 career meetings with Djokovic.

The Scot was successful with 61% of his first serves in winning the first set, but that fell to 46% over the following three sets.

Djokovic now holds all four Grand Slam titles, the first player to do since Rod Laver, and joins an elite group to have won them all. He has also played in six consecutive Grand Slam finals.

Murray, the first Briton to appear in a French final since 1937, came into the match on the back of defeating the defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the semi-final.

But his long time nemesis Djokovic refused to be beaten and after a wobble in the final set he held out for a 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory.

After an energetic opening set in which Murray took control, the Scot seemed to tire and however well he played he had no answer to Djokovic’s movement and powerful returns.

After the match he congratulated his opponent for his victory and his achievement in holding all four major prizes in the game. “What he has achieved this last 12 months is phenomenal. It will be a long time before that is achieved again,” he said.

 



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