Paris - World number one Andy Murray revealed that while
motivation has been an issue of late, he always finds that extra gear for the
Murray has endured a rather lacklustre run while sitting at
the top of the tennis world, making just two finals and winning only one title.
The Scot revealed he has been struggling for inspiration
since unseating Novak Djokovic in November, but he should have no trouble in
finding that spark when Roland Garros gets underway next week.
"I got to number one in the world at the end of last
year and there's been some times this year where it has been difficult to keep
up the motivation and set new goals," the 29-year-old told Sky Sports.
"But over the last seven, eight years of my career I
always wanted to perform my best and play my best tennis at the grand slams and
that's still the case now.
"I always feel extra motivation when I come to a slam
even if I have been playing badly."
On the subject of rival Djokovic, Murray revealed that he
was surprised to see the duo team up as coach and player, but that it was good
"To be helped by Andre, it's definitely a positive
thing for Novak and it's good for tennis," he continued.
"When the great players of tennis stay in the sport, it
creates lots of interest.
"I don't know the details of their agreement. But I
know that Andre is a man who is very, very busy. He does many things beyond
tennis, he has his school in Las Vegas.
"It was a little surprising because I didn't think he
would decide one day to become a coach."
Murray reached the final at Roland Garros for the first time
last year, where he lost to Djokovic in four sets.