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Murray: This is the best I've felt since surgery

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Andy Murray stormed into a 5-0 lead in the first set before taking it 6-1 © Getty Images
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Andy Murray says he is getting back to his best tennis despite narrowly losing out to Rafael Nadal at the Rome Masters.

Murray's wait for a first win over Nadal on clay continues after the world No.1 came from a set down to secure a 1-6 6-3 7-5 victory that moved him into semi-finals.

"I would have liked to have won because I had the opportunities and I started the match better than him," Murray told the ATP Tour official website.

"I felt going into the French I would be playing good tennis.

"I don't feel like people have respected the severity of having back surgery, it takes time and I feel I am getting closer to where I want to be. [This] was the best I hit the ball and best I felt physically since the surgery.

"I was expecting to start playing well around this time, so that's pleasing. I was disappointed with the game I played at 4-2 in the third, though.

"Against him you don't get a load of chances and he finished the game incredibly well. Physically he was stronger than me at the end, but it was a good match."

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