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Murray Ready For Challenges Of 2013 Season

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Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray took part in a tennis hot shots day at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.

Andy Murray, who is bidding to retain his Brisbane International title this week, insists he's ready for the challenges of the 2013 ATP World Tour season.

Having trained in Miami during the off-season, Murray said, “I worked on a lot of things over the four weeks when I was there. I did a lot of physical stuff the first few weeks, and then [in the] last couple of weeks just did some technical changes the first week and then started playing a lot of points.

“That's when you see whether the things you've been practicing are working out, if they're going well in the points or not. It's easy doing something in a drill when you know where the ball is going, but when you start playing the points [it] is when it becomes difficult.”

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Murray is keen to add to his 24 tour-level titles, including the London 2012 Olympics gold medal and US Open.

“I prepared exactly the same,” said Murray. “I probably just feel a little bit more relaxed maybe the last few weeks than I normally do a few weeks out from a [Grand] Slam. I prepared very well in Miami and trained hard to get myself ready for the new season, and I hope can be successful here.”

Murray will play Australian qualifier John Millman in the Brisbane first round on Thursday.

On 29 December, Murray became an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours List of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. When asked whether he might be knighted one day, the Scot said, “I definitely need to win a few more matches and have more tournaments to have a chance of getting that.”

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