Andy Murray’s former coach Miles Maclagan believes the British number one could not have asked for better preparations ahead of this year’s French Open.
Murray moved back up to two in the world after beating Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Rome Masters final.
That came just seven days after losing to the same opponent seven days previously at the Madrid Open final.
Maclagan said: “This (Italian Open) was his first win over Novak on clay, so he has a deep reservoir of confidence.
“The other players will look at him as a challenger and that counts as well.”
The French Open begins on 22 May and Murray reached the semi-finals last year, when the Scot was beaten by Djokovic over five sets.
Elsewhere, Kyle Edmund was forced to retire with an ankle injury from his first round match against Alexander Zverev at the Nice Open while Heather Watson lost 6-3 0-6 6-1 to Kateryna Bondarenko at the Internationaux de Strasbourg.