Andy Murray looking to use extra motivation

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Andy Murray is confident the “extra motivation” he feels going into the Grand Slams can help transform his season at the French Open.

The Scot has struggled so far in 2017, with an elbow injury preventing him from adding to the title he won in Dubai and his performances have seen him make the worst start to a season by a world number one since Pete Sampras in 1999.

Although he looked good during his run to the semi-finals in Barcelona, early exits in Madrid and Rome have cast doubts over his French Open hopes.

Having reached the final 12 months ago, Murray is 12.00 to go all the way at Roland Garros, with Rafael Nadal the 1.80 favourite and holder Novak Djokovic 3.80.

Following his mixed year to date, the 30-year-old is confident that he can raise his game to its peak in time for the start of the tournament on Monday.

“The last few months have been difficult for sure,” Murray said. “I haven’t played so well and I also had a few physical issues with my elbow around February, March time. So it’s been a difficult few months.

“But over the last seven, eight years of my career I always wanted to perform at my best and play my best tennis at the Grand Slams and that’s still the case now.”

He added: “I always feel extra motivation when I come to a Slam, even if I’ve been playing badly.

I’m excited to get out there and compete. Hopefully I’ll get four or five good days of practice and preparation and I’ll have a good tournament.”

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