MURRAY CALLS FOR STRENGTH

Andy Murray say that he needs to be more stronger. The Scot, 23, made a disappointing third-round exit at the US Open, which Nadal went on to win and so complete the career Grand Slam.

"I've got four or five months before the next Slam," Murray told BBC Sport. "I need to get physically stronger, improve my game and then I'll give myself the chance to beat him."

Murray had gone into the US Open with many predicting he could win his first Grand Slam title after a superb run at the Toronto Masters in the build-up, beating Nadal and Roger Federer on his way to winning the tournament.

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FEDERER CRUISES

Roger Federer sailed through to fourth round in New York with a 6-4 6-3 6-3 win over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. Federer, 29, did not have to be at his best as he reached the last 16 in total control at Flushing Meadows.

Third seed Novak Djokovic proved too strong for crowd favourite James Blake as he secured a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win.

The pair were joined in the last 16 by Robin Soderling after the Swede eased past Thiemo de Bakker 6-2 6-3 6-3.

Second seed Federer revealed he had found the blustery conditions problematic on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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FISH SHOCKS RODDICK

Andy Roddick was defeated by Mardy Fish to knock him out of the ATP Atlanta Championship. It ended a run of nine straight Roddick wins against Fish dating back to 2003.

Fish, who needed only one break to secure victory, firing nine aces and 27 winners, won in Newport this month and has gone nine matches without defeat.

In Sunday's final he faces John Isner, who he defeated in their only previous meeting last season indoors, after he beat Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-7 (7-9) 6-3.

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MURRAY PREPARING FOR FRANCE

ANDY Murray goes into his final preparations for next week’s French Open where he will be hoping to improve on last year’s tournament which saw him reach the quarter-finals. He watched the last grand slam final from prime Wimbledon Tickets.

That marked a career best at Roland Garros for Murray who looked back to somewhere like more usual form in Madrid last week.

While the British number one did eventually lose out 7-5 6-3 to Spain’s David Ferrer at the quarter-final stage in Madrid, he could at take heart from three pretty gutsy performances in the Spanish capital.

Nadal eyeing Clay Victory

The Madrid Open has begun in earnest and for local favourite Rafa Nadal, in contrast to last year, it could not have come at a more opportune moment both physically and mentally.

At Roland Garros in May 2009, Nadal ceded to Roger Federer the title he had dominated the previous four years, although it was Robin Söderling, in a harbinger of things to come for the now number seven-ranked Swede, who actually dispatched the reigning champion in the fourth round before reaching the final himself.

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Federer Loses Out

World number one Roger Federer was upset in the Estoril Open semi-final as he again fell short of a clay court tournament victory.

Switzerland's Federer, who won the Portuguese event in his only previous appearance in 2008, was beaten 6-2 7-6 by defending champion Albert Montanes of Spain in one hour 21 minutes, in a match that many would have bet their scratch cards on federer winning.

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