Andy Murray no longer feeling pressure to win
Andy Murray will experience a new sensation when he starts play
at next month’s Australian Open – feeling like a Grand Slam
The third-ranked Brit broke through at the U.S. Open in 2012,
adding to his gold medal at the London Olympics.
”In the last three, four or five years there has been
significant pressure in my mind, and now I feel more relaxed and
relieved after winning the U.S. Open,” Murray said Wednesday.
”So, I think from my side, I hope to take the pressure off myself
and be able to play a little bit more relaxed – and I hope to
repeat my Grand Slam win.”
Murray was promoting a winner-takes-all $250,000 exhibition
tournament in Abu Dhabi that serves as a warmup for the Australian
Open, which runs Jan. 14-27.
Murray hired Ivan Lendl as coach on last New Year’s Eve and is
full of praise for the changes the eight-time Grand Slam champion
made in his game.
”He helped with a lot of small things; you know, technical
things, small mental and psychological things and small physical
things as well as tactical things,” Murray said. ”A lot of those
small things add up to 5 to 10 percent to my game, and that was
what I needed to find to make it past the last hurdle and win one
of the major tournaments.”
After losing in the final at Wimbledon this year, Murray’s next
goals include going one step farther at his home major tournament
and becoming the top-ranked player in the world – but he doesn’t
plan on playing more events to achieve the second of those.
”Every year when Wimbledon comes around I’m desperate to win
and do well. It’s an incredibly tough event and a lot of pressure
during that time of the year,” Murray said. ”The No. 1 ranking is
what every player wants to get. I can improve my ranking just
playing like I have done last season and the rest of the
Murray faces Janko Tispsarevic on Thursday in the opening match
of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. That will be followed by
David Ferrer taking on Tomas Berdych. Novak Djokovic and Nicolas
Almagro, who replaced Rafael Nadal, are also in the field.