Andy Murray
Andy Murray's loss to Fabio Fognini means his record on clay this year is a poor 4-4 Getty

Andy Murray is adamant that his poor form will not affect his chances of progressing in the upcoming French Open that begins on 28 May.

The world number one has had a year to forget as despite winning the Dubai Open for the first time in his career, Murray's form in other events has been below-par.

The Briton crashed out in the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open as well as losing early on in Indian Wells and Monte-Carlo before a semi-final defeat in Barcelona.

He was also knocked out in Madrid before most recently, losing to Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 in the second round of the Italian Open on Tuesday (16 May).

With a less than stellar clay record of 4-4 as well as an overall 17-7 record in the calendar year, the 30-year-old's form is a cause for concern ahead of Roland Garros.

However, Murray, who admitted he should have done things differently after becoming world number one, still believes he is capable of performing at the French Open but acknowledged that it will not be easy.

"A lot of people think I've got no chance of doing anything at the French Open after the last couple of weeks, but I do think I can," Murray said, as quoted on The Times. "It's certainly not going to be easy."

"I'm going to have to work hard over these next ten days, prepare very well, make the most of every single day and really work my way into the tournament."

Meanwhile, world number two Novak Djokovic has a chance to close the gap on Murray to 2,525 points if he is able to win the Italian Open.

The Serbian ace, who has not had the best year either, defeated Aljaz Bedene 7-6, 6-2 on Tuesday (16 May) and is set to face Roberto Bautista Agut today (18 May) in the round of 16.