LONDON - Andy Murray admits he needs to work quickly to heal the scars from his French Open thrashing against Rafael Nadal as he starts his Wimbledon preparations by defending the title at Queen's Club.
Murray's hopes of reaching the final at Roland Garros for the first time came to a humbling end on Friday with a brutal 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 loss to world number one Nadal in the semi-finals.
The 27-year-old Scot is hardly the first to have been embarrased by Nadal on the red clay of Paris, where the Spaniard has won the title eight times and holds an incredible 65-1 win-loss record.
But it was the lethargic nature of Murray's tame performance that was concerning, especially with so little time to recover mentally and physically before the grass-court campaign gets underway at Queen's in west London on Monday in the lead-up to the defence of the Wimbledon crown he won so memorably last year.
Murray would love to have a little longer to regroup after a draining two weeks in Paris, which saw his body, still fragile after last year's back surgery, pushed to its limits by two five-set victories over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Gael Monfils.
"I probably would rather have a little bit of time after a match like that, to be honest," Murray said.
"I mean, it's been a good tournament for me in many respects, but I'm very disappointed with how the (Nadal) match ended.
"Ideally I would like a few days a way to think about it and then start getting ready again." While Murray would have relished handing Nadal a rare defeat at the French Open, in reality Wimbledon offers a far more realistic chance for the world number eight to add to his two Grand Slam titles.