“You just have to improve, otherwise I wouldn’t still be in the same position,” he said after beating Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Aegon Championships – two hours after completing a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Viktor Troicki on the same Centre Court in their interrupted semi-final.
“I was ranked [No2 in the world] around that time [when he beat Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2013] and I’m still there now [at No3]. Sport and life … everything moves on. If you don’t get better, there are people who will take your spot.
“I feel I have improved. Physically I’m definitely in a better place than I was then, when I was having problems with my back – not so much on the grass but on the other surfaces.
“I feel I’m using my variety very well now, something that maybe I wasn’t the past couple of years. [I have] more experience, more matches. There are a few things I’m doing a little bit better.”
Murray joins four other four-time Queen’s winners in John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick. But, when reminded he went on to win Wimbledon after winning here in 2013, he said there was no direct connection.
“That means nothing, really. There are no guarantees that winning here gives you a Wimbledon title. I need to go out there and earn it. I need to train well the next five, six days.
“It’s great preparation, a great start to my preparation on the grass. It gives me that little bit of confidence going in there. But it’s a long way to go before Wimbledon even starts and then all sorts of things can happen during slams.”
Murray paid tribute to his coach of one year, Amélie Mauresmo, augmented lately by the input of Jonas Bjorkman, for the adjustments to his game that have allowed him to play his best tennis in two years, on grass and clay.
She arrives in London on Monday evening, having left Bjorkman to oversee Murray’s training at Queen’s, and will hand on to him again after Wimbledon, as she is expecting her first child in August.
“Obviously I’m not going to stay undefeated with him forever,” Murray said of his winning sequence of nine matches and two tournaments. “But I also have to give a lot of credit to Amélie. The things I have worked on with her, like using my variety, I have spoken about a lot. Hopefully a culmination of the two of them will give me more success. I have spoken to Amélie a couple of times on the phone and we message every day. It’s been a good start.”
He added: “I won’t train tomorrow, and will probably be at Wimbledon on Tuesday. I’m doing something for Tim Henman’s foundation at Roehampton on Tuesday. The rest of the week I will be at Wimbledon training.”
It is looking very much like business as usual for a player growing in confidence by the day.
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