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Murray Flies Solo In Miami, Praises Lendl’s Influence

Miami, U.S.A.

Miami Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray won the Sony Open Tennis in 2009 and 2013.

For Sony Open Tennis defending champion Andy Murray, the courts at Crandon Park are like a second home.

"I always enjoy being here," said Murray. "I have a lot of memories from this place, especially the courts here. I have played well here in the past."

The sixth seed is making progress on his return to the ATP World Tour after undergoing back surgery last September. He has compiled a 14-5 record on the season and feels positive about defending the Miami crown.

"I hope this is the best week I have had this year," said Murray "I hope I play my best tennis. It's the goal."

As he executes his plan to add a third title to his 2009 and 2013 hauls from this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, Murray will do so without coach Ivan Lendl in his box. The World No. 6 spoke to media a day after announcing his split with the Czech legend.

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Murray won the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal (d. Federer) and his two Grand Slam titles - the 2012 US Open (d. Djokovic) and the 2013 Wimbledon title (d. Djokovic) - under Lendl’s guidance.

"What improvements he made to my game [was not about] how I hit the ball or how I hit certain shots," explained Murray. "It was the mental side in dealing with those pressure situations that he was there to help with.

"That was the biggest influence he had on my game."

The 26 year old spoke highly of his relationship with Lendl, who signed onto Murray's coaching team at the end of 2011.

"You know, it's a tough one for me because he's been a big part of my life. He's been a big part of my team. He made a huge difference to my tennis.

"It's very hard to replace someone like him," said Murray. "But I would hope that I've learned enough from him [about how] to approach those [big] matches and how to deal with those situations better. Because I have won those matches, so I know how to deal with it better now."

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