Murray thrilled with 'best clay form' of his career

ANI London, May 23 (ANI): Andy Murray believes he is playing the best clay court tennis of his lifetime ahead of the French Open title. The tennis ace who has been two-time semifinalist at the French Open said it was probably the best he had played on clay, the BBC has reported. The world number three won his maiden clay court title in Munich earlier this month and followed that up with the vict…

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