US OPEN 2013
Memories Return For Murray At US Open
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Murray, who won the US Open last year to capture his first Grand Slam title, had little chance to savour last year's victory at the USTA Bille Jean King National Tennis Center. "There was so much relief last year that I wasn't necessarily enjoying it as much as I should have," he said. "So when I came back and practised on the Arthur Ashe court, the memories came back, and that was nice."
Now a two-time major champion after his victory at Wimbledon this year, Murray has been receiving increased attention but tried to maintain his normal routine heading into this event.
"We got here fairly early, so I have had a lot of time practising on the courts and getting used to the balls and the conditions," he said. "It hasn't been too different, just probably 10 percent, 15 percent busier than normal.
"Because I have been busy I've tried to just keep pretty low key and spent a lot of time in the hotel room, unfortunately."
Murray occupies the same half of the draw as World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and begins against Michael Llodra in the first round.
''Llodra is a tricky player, serves well, one of the best doubles players in the world just now, very good hands, and he's very unpredictable," said Murray. "You need to be switched on all the time against him and play a solid match."
The world No. 3 does expect to feel a little lighter with two Slams under his belt, but perhaps not right away. "I think there is less pressure, he said. "Before the first match there will be nerves there. I expect to be pretty nervous because it's a new experience and it's different.
"But I think once the tournament gets going, I don't think it changes. I don't think it changes too much. There was a lot of pressure on me for a lot of years to win a Grand Slam, and then same sort of thing at Wimbledon. I wouldn't imagine it would be the same here."