Andy Murray has rubbished suggestions that he will not be able to have an impact at the upcoming French Open after enduring a tough time during the clay-court season.
The 30-year-old suffered his latest disappointment on Tuesday as he crashed out of the Italian Open with a straight sets loss in the second round.
Italian world number 29 Fabio Fognini claimed a 6-2 6-4 triumph to further add to the world number one’s woes on clay in 2017.
Murray, who is priced at 9.00 to win the French Open, was hopeful of getting some competitive game time under his belt on the surface in an attempt to build some momentum ahead of Roland Garros ater this month.
The Scot has now fallen to defeat on seven occasions this season, with Tuesday’s loss his fifth reverse in just his last 10 matches.
However, despite his recent poor run of form, the three-time Grand Slam winner is staying optimistic ahead of the trip to Paris.
Murray said: “I know a lot of people think I have got no chance of doing anything at the French after the last couple of weeks, but I do think I can.
“It’s certainly not going to be easy. I’m going to have to work hard these next 10 days, then really work my way into the tournament.
“I’m just not playing good tennis and I need to try and work out how to turn that around.
I believe I will. And I need ideally to do it quickly, because there are some pretty important tournaments coming up.”