Andy Murray has warned David Ferrer he feels in much better shape heading into Friday night's Madrid Open quarter-final showdown.
The Spaniard ended Murray's tournament in Rome a fortnight ago with a 6-3 6-4 third-round victory before going on to reach the final, where he lost to compatriot Rafael Nadal.
That defeat left Murray with just one win in three tournaments heading into this week's Madrid Open, but the world number four has picked up back-to-back victories in the Spanish capital after defeating Juan Ignacio Chela and Victor Hanescu in his first two matches.
Thursday night's 6-2 6-1 drubbing of Romanian giant Hanescu earned Murray a return match with ninth-seed Ferrer and although the Scot feels he did not do too badly against the 28-year-old in Rome, he believes he will prove a much tougher opponent this evening.
"I've played three more matches than I had then and even though it sounded comfortable for him the other week, if you look at the chances I had there were so many 30-30 points, 0-30 games when I was up on his serve that I didn't win," said Murray.
"And the game where I was broken in the second set I was 40-15 up and had an easy smash on top of the net which I didn't put away and a lot of those things come from playing more matches, so I think I'm definitely in a better position now.