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Murray Prepared For Tricky US Open Draw

New York, U.S.A.

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray is seeking a second US Open crown on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows.

It has been nearly two years since Andy Murray stood on Arthur Ashe Stadium on a windy Monday night in early September and hoisted his first Grand Slam trophy.

With a new coach and new hardware in his trophy case, the Scot returns to the US Open with a newfound perspective, but his objective remains the same and his hunger to return to the winners’ circle is as fervent as ever.

“I feel good,” said Murray. “I have had a great practice week, had good fun on the court, enjoyed it and worked hard. I have had enough time on the courts now to prepare. So to get underway on Monday is good…I’m happy. I feel ready to start the tournament. We’ll see what happens when we get underway.”

The No. 8 seed opens play against Robin Haase on Monday, the second match on Louis Armstrong Stadium. This is their third straight meeting in a Grand Slam tournament. They met in Flushing Meadows in the second round in 2011, with Murray coming back from two sets down to beat the Dutchman.

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Murray enters the final major of the year coming off consecutive quarter-final finishes at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 stops at the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern Open. The 27 year old succumbed to eventual champions Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roger Federer in Toronto and Cincinnati, respectively. Despite failing to halt his 13-month final drought, he says he is more confident now than he has been all year.

“I think one of the most important things in sport is to not be too hard on yourself after matches, to be able to move on,” added Murray, referring to his defeats to Tsonga and Federer. “I was obviously not happy with how the matches ended. I was very disappointed. It’s something that you need to learn to be able to move forward and not be too hard on yourself. Make sure it doesn’t eat into your preparation time or any mental energy. I can’t do anything about them now. Got to look forward.”

The Dunblane native has a tricky path to the final, with a potential rematch with Tsonga in the Round of 16 and a duel with rival and top seed Novak Djokovic in quarter-finals. Third seed Stan Wawrinka and Emirates Airline US Open Series champion Milos Raonic are potential semi-final opponents. Murray believes he is ready for any challenge.

“I got a great training block over in Miami done, so physically I’m where I would want to be. My body is pain-free, which is good. I feel ready.”

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