Andy Murray believes he is able to put-on a strong showing at the French Open despite a difficult year to date.

The Wimbledon winner has failed to reach the levels that led him to becoming the first British man to win at SW19 in over 70 years.

Back surgery towards the end of 2013 has been highlighted as a contributing factor behind his failure to earn a singles title since last summer. In fact, he hasn't even featured in a final since his famous victory over Novak Djokovic, a semi-final loss to Grigor Dmitrov in Mexico earlier this year is as good as it has got for Murray. 

The British no.1, who won the first of his two majors at the 2012 US Open, has also seen his world ranking fall to eighth.

Maybe the poor form is down to a lack of direction? The 27-year-old is yet to appoint a successor to Ivan Lendl since their split in March. The Czechoslovakian coach helped Murray to overcome his Grand Slam final hoodoo after he lost in his first four attempts at glory.

However, Murray believes his most recent tournament performance at the Rome Masters has lent some encouragement to his chances at Roland Garros.

He reached the quarter-finals in the Italian capital and found himself a set up against world no.1 and 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal, before the Spaniard fought back to beat Murray on his way to a final loss against Novak Djokovic.

"I feel ready to have a good run here," Murray told BBC Sport.

"Rome was a big step in the right direction and it's up to me to maintain that consistency from now through until the end of the year, because that's what's been missing and lacking so far."

Murray was absent last year in Paris as he looked to recover from injury for an ultimately successful attack at Wimbledon.

With clay being his least favoured surface, the only Grand Slam on the slippery dirt has eluded the Brit.

His best showing was a semi-final appearance in 2011. Other than that he reached the last-eight on two other occasions.

As usual Nadal will be the favourite to land a record ninth title at the French Open, the Majorcan-born star has only ever lost once and that was back in 2009.

However with the world no.1 struggling for form, it has somewhat widened the field this year.

Novak Djokovic is the man most expected to end Nadal's dominance. The world no.2 beat his rival in last week's Rome Masters final to extend his winning run over the left-hander to four.

Tennis' most successful star Roger Federer can never be discounted, he has 17 Grand Slam titles after all. Meanwhile Stanislas Wawrinka will be hoping to build upon a hugely impressive season in which he won his first major at the Australian Open in January. 

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here:

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: