US Open 2014: Better prepared than other Majors, says Andy Murray
US Open 2014: British No1 Andy Murray feels in better shape for Flushing Meadows than this year's other Grand Slams
Andy Murray says he feels in better physical shape for the US Open than the previous Grand Slams this year.
The 2012 US Open champion starts his campaign against Robin Haase in the first round on Monday as the 27-year-old Scot looks to win his third Major crown.
Physically, I’m better prepared than I was for the other slams
Murray reached the semi-final of the French Open in May, whilst he was eliminated at the quarter-final stage at Australian Open and Wimbledon.
The two-time Major winner came from two sets down to beat his Dutch opponent 6-7(5), 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 at the US Open in 2011, and Murray is wary of the tricky 27-year-old.
“It was a tricky match. Windy conditions that day, and, yeah, very up and down. He obviously started well,” Murray said of Haase.
“Did I win the fourth set 6-0, third or fourth set 6-0? Yeah, I pwas a break up and he came back. It was a strange match. It wasn’t a particularly clean tennis match, but I found a way to get through.”
On his confidence ahead of the year’s final Major, Murray added: “I feel confident. I don’t know whether more or less than the other ones, but physically I’m better prepared than I was for the other slams.
“The Australian Open I was obviously not going to be perfect. I hadn’t played a match for like four months going into it, so that was kind of normal.
“But I got my best training block I have had since before Wimbledon last year down in Miami. Trained hard and, yeah, I feel ready.
“I feel confident and I’m looking forward to the start.”