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Murray Taking It One Step At A Time Ahead Of Clay Swing

Madrid, Spain

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray will make his 2014 ATP World Tour clay-court debut this week in Madrid.

Andy Murray is not concerned.

Despite being mired in a 10-month title drought, since prevailing in Wimbledon last year, the Scot remains optimistic and focused ahead of consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome.

At the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday, he expressed his desire to return to top form.

“The most important thing is that I show it on the court and at the major events,” Murray said. “That's what I train for. We'll have to wait and see.”

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Murray has seen his Emirates ATP Ranking slip to No. 8 since returning from minor back surgery last September, but he says that he has been working hard the past few weeks.

“I practised a bit on the clay courts at Wimbledon, with quite a few of the doubles guys,” said Murray. “Ross [Hutchins] and Colin [Fleming]; practised with my brother (Jamie Murray), Jamie Delgado and John Peers a little bit. I did some drilling there and worked on sliding and the movement.

“Then I headed over to Valencia. I practised with [Pablo] Andujar, [Roberto] Bautista-Agut and [David] Ferrer a little bit. [Evgeny] Donskoy too. Some good guys to practise with there in perfect conditions. I went to Paris for a couple days and practised at Roland Garros with [Jo-Wilfried] Tsonga.”

A three-time quarter-finalist in four trips to Madrid’s Caja Magica, Murray is seeking his first clay-court title. Having received a first-round bye, he awaits the winner of Nicolas Almagro and a qualifier to open his campaign. A potential quarter-final duel with Roger Federer looms on the horizon.

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